It was an off-handed comment. I just said it as I kissed her goodbye as she walked out the door to get on her bus for school. Yesterday, both of Sarah’s pant legs were inside her socks. What shocked me was Sarah heard me. She was walking down the driveway, stopped and bent down and fixed her one pant leg. When I said, “Oh, the other one, too!” she stopped and fixed the other pant leg. I closed the door and couldn’t get over what I witnessed. Sarah understands a lot more than I realize.
It is challenging. It is convicting.
Later in the evening Sarah came up to hug me. It is quite common for autistic children to shun physical contact (could be due to sensory issues), so I was thrilled to get a hug from my girl. I remembered that morning and I whispered in her ear, “I love you, Sarah! You are a kind girl. You are smart, you are a good friend and I love your beautiful blue eyes.”
I felt Sarah breathe hard on my neck as she was soaking it all in. When we broke our embrace the look on her face was one of mushy-gushy love. She kissed me and I knew she understood.
As I lay in my bed last night, I thought more about the importance of me affirming not only Sarah, but all my children. Then this smile came across my face as I realized my Mom did the same for me. Yesterday, I met my mom for lunch. She was in the area and it just worked out for us to meet. I love my time with my Mom! She is my sounding board and other than my beloved David, my biggest cheerleader. She affirms me as a mom, as a wife and as a woman. (She also corrects me when I need to be corrected and I appreciate that as well!) Our time at lunch flew by and as I had to race to get Jack to take him to his orthodontist appointment, my Mom said, “Thanks for lunch. I do love spending time with my girl. It was the highlight of my day!”
No Mom….it was mine.
I Thessalonians 5:11a “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.”