Tuesday, August 11, 2009


Quick post today due to the fact that I have a long to-do list and while it does include,
*Lay on the couch and watch a movie
it does not include, *Blog.
But I just had to share another of Abby's milestones that
blew my mind a little bit.

We went to the post office today and the clerk gave the kids a couple of stickers. One of them happened to be of a globe with the continent of Africa emphasized. I handed the sticker to Abby without an explanation or saying anything about it at all.

Later, as I was making lunch, Abby called my attention to the sticker. I asked her what it was and she said it was "the world" then added "It's Anafrica." When I corrected her by asking, "Is it Antarctica?", because that's what I thought she was trying to say, she answered,
"No, it's Africa."

Clear as a BELL!

Wow! She can identify the continent of Africa. Without even seeing it in context with the rest of the globe. She just knows its shape. Amazing! It is days like today that give me so much hope for the future.


RitaSV said...

I think we have so much to understand about the human mind. She IS brilliant! What a fun moment in parenthood! Go, Abs!

My name is Erin. said...

Thanks, Rita! We do indeed have so much more to discover about the human mind and the Autism Spectrum. XO

racheal almsted said...

Isn't it amazing what children can teach us. It's special moments like this that make us stop and realize... there is hope for the future. You are blessed.

Dani G said...

This is so good to hear. I need a little hope, too. This life is rough and not for the weak...


My name is Erin. said...

Racheal- It is amazing! Abby has taught me more about myself than anything or anyone else in my life so far.

Dani- No, it's not easy. Abby has been talking so much more this summer. It's been pretty amazing. I can't wait to hear what her teachers have to say this Fall. After she blew my mind with this today I was reminded of the challenges we still face when she freaked out at bedtime about getting dressed on her own. She barely tries and then has a mini-meltdown. And blah, blah, blah! You know the story. Point is... hope... we have to cling to it. If she can identify Africa, she can put on her own pants!

Trojan Gayle said...
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Trojan Gayle said...

Glad to have you back and seems like your daughter Abby is continuing to surprise and delight you. As always thank you for sharing Abby's and your story. The message i got from post was that we should remember and take strength from life's small and unexpected wonders.

have a great day.

On another note, my mum has started her own blog - if you have a moment have a peek at it and if you like it leave a comment. (http://gloriacarringtonferrira.blogspot.com)

Have a great day and i hope you enjoyed the movie!

Gloria said...

Hi there, my name is Gloria. I'm Trojans mum (Trojans Corner). I've just started to visit your blog and already, I know it is going to be one of my favourites. Wish I had had a room like Abby's when I was a child. A new adventure every day, it's a sheer joy to behold. Beautiful. . . and she is too!! Glforia