We welcomed Dillon into our lives in March 2001. He was such a contented baby—he hardly fussed at all, and he smiled all of the time. The only thing that was strange is that he somehow had this internal clock that would wake him up every two to three hours during the night. I started noticing something different about him when he didn’t want to explore his surroundings. He was perfectly happy laying on the floor and playing with his one favorite toy. His fists stayed closed, he didn’t coo or make baby noises, and he didn’t follow any visual movements around him. He had no interest in learning to roll over, crawl, or to sit up. I heard about a “mother’s intuition” but never realized I had it until then.
Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings
Yesterday, Dillon's Occupational Therapist shared with me a moment that he said was a moment to behold. He was eating in the cafeteria with some of his students and Dillon came over from the other side of the room to sit next to them. He sat down next to a boy that was struggling to open his containers of food and Dillon immediately started to help him. He opened them up and he placed them right in front of the boy. He then encouraged the boy to eat with his smile. My heart just squeezed with emotion when he shared this with me. I was so proud of him.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie
I just have to share with you what I saw today. I went to Wal-Mart this morning in my jammies. Yes, I did! And I’m not ashamed of it at all! It actually felt good to go somewhere wearing my comfy clothes. I did it all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom and had no time or energy to take a shower in the morning, to put on some nice clothes (which I didn’t have), and to put my “face” on. I wasn’t rushed today so I took my time. And I noticed a couple of things that made me think and see and then become grateful for.
Everybody wants to be loved… This is a beautiful man with a very important message to those who feel broken, not worthy of being loved, and abandoned. It’s crucial to know that we are not alone in the walk of life and that through God anything and everything is possible.