Thanks, Nerd in the Brain, for your weekly encouragement to share happiness with others! I’ve been a bit sleep-deprived this week, teaching at 8:00 and wondering how I ever woke up at 5:30 for MANY years. I’m grateful that being semi-retired usually allows me to sleep well past that time! Despite the sleep deprivation, I do know that today is Friday. Free Fings Friday?
Onward and upward…. My sessions with Christopher, my autistic nephew, are going VERY well. I spend considerable time supporting his brain in developing filing systems of concepts and categories, under which he can store new information and access it more effectively. I can “see” that organization developing, for which I am most grateful. I keep emphasizing how smart he is, with specifics, because Christopher doesn’t feel smart. He is now less adrift when I use praise such as “You are using context clues!” and “You identified the problem!” Still, he’d much prefer to talk about Mario than problem solving! No duh.
I had a delightful surprise visit from a former student this week! We started our relationship when he was in 2nd grade and worked together through 6th grade. Now he is 20 years old. No way! He was always a delight, but how awesome to see this self-assured, confident young man telling me about his goals for the future! He’s in college and doing well, sorting out his plans, still an artist, and always a precious guy. We laughed about some of our earlier experiences and hope to reconnect while he is still working in town. His family was exceptionally devoted, always advocating and supportive. What a joy to reconnect! I told him I’d always kept his special card to me (the images were a representation of some funny and sweet memories):
I had somewhat miserable news from my doctor this week about cholesterol and kidneys, but given my allergies and genes, it’s a blessing that I am mostly healthy. These are also signs of aging, of the natural process which will eventually lead me to heaven. I’m going to redouble my efforts to eat well (i.e., vegetarian) but ultimately, I am on a journey to an amazing eternity. My Savior is waiting eagerly for me, and although I am not ready to leave yet, I long for that perfect world.
I hope that you’ve had a wonderful week.