Tuesday, 9. November 2010 16:38
I’m so proud of my girl! We had a big family shindig in Iowa this past weekend called Pheasgiving. There were 71 people in attendance. 637 of them were children. We rented a legion hall and had tons of food and lots of room for kids to jump and play.
No social story I could write would really prepare my little Petunia for the craziness that ensues at this function. The moment we entered, she melted down. We found a quiet corner in the back and just kind of took in the sights and sounds. Ellie’s Aunt Pam visited with us and Ellie was in heaven! Aunt Pam has this soft voice and asked Ellie lots of questions. Aunt Pam was awesome! Her awesomeness factor went through the roof when she suggested getting a snack. That’s the moment when Ellie felt brave enough to weather the chaos and head to the feeding trough (a trait she shares with her Momma).
After we ate, Ellie decided to sit with other kids at the craft table as long as I went with her. Ellie’s little Cindy Lou Who of a cousin quietly approached. They’d never met. Ellie turned to her and asked “Would you like to play with the circle or star?” Then an ambulance was called to resuscitate me. That small, solitary moment in time will be forever vivid in my memory. For the rest of the night, the two of them jumped and played together. Away from me. On their own. Truly enjoying one another’s company.
I tried hard to talk to the adults and concentrate on conversations, but my focus was really elsewhere. Relishing every minute I could take in watching Ellie enjoy herself. Then, as if it couldn’t get any better, I was able to get a picture of the two of them! Aren’t they just squeezalicious?!