Friday, May 1, 2009

Abby-bird gets the Worm

We all woke up late this morning and sure enough, here we are running late and Abby climbs into bed with me for a snuggle. I learned a long time ago that when Abby decides she wants to snuggle, you had better take her up on the offer, because it could be a while before you get the opportunity again. She was so sweet pushing her nose against mine and looking into my eyes for a few moments, before she'd look away and giggle. From what I understand about Autism, this is a rare occurrence and yet I am fortunate that Abby seems to regard it as a sort of game she plays with me. These are some of my favorite moments.

It was actually a miraculous morning. Generally when we are in a hurry, Abby fights me at every turn. She is a creature of habit and she does not like to be rushed. Who does? But this morning she cooperated in every way and not only did we get outside to meet the bus on-time, but we were early enough that I was able to snap a few photos while we waited.

I often take my camera outside to wait for the bus. You never know what will present itself for a photo. I was focusing in on the new green growth that the previously naked tree was displaying, not paying much attention as Abby searched the ground beside me for new dead leaves to smuggle into the house.

I heard her talking away about something and when I finally looked, she held her hand up to me and said, "The worm is wiggling! It's so cute!"

This is my little girl who FREAKS out when anything sticky, slimy or dirty is on her hands. They've been gardening at school and her teachers have said that she likes the lessons, but does not like getting her hands dirty. And here she is holding a WORM up to me telling me how "cute" it is. She surprises me daily. In this case, I think it's the cutest bird who gets the worm.


Anonymous said...

Love this one :)

My name is Erin. said...

Thanks, Honey!

paula said...

she is beautiful. Children are so full of surprises.

My name is Erin. said...

Thank you, Paula! That they are.

Jackie said...

Thank you for the blog comment. I have a young cousin who is autistic (he is 11) so I am very familiar with what you are going through. When you mentioned the leaf she likes to twirl between her fingers, I immediately thought of how my cousin does the same thing with twigs. I commend you on starting this blog and sharing your daughter's life with others.

Sarah said...

Snuggles are the BEST!!
Look out for worms in the bed too then... :)

My name is Erin. said...

Thank you, Jackie! I'm so glad you made it by for a visit. I'm still in awe of the artist you profiled. I'll have to keep her in mind over the next years to tell Abby about when she's a little older and able to comprehend the artists intentions. Though I shouldn't underestimate her. She understands more than we give her credit for.

Sarah, you better believe we'll be watching for worms in the bed. LOL! She has an amazing memory. When she got off of the bus that day, she went immediately to the exact place she left the worm to look for him.