Last night as I was in the kitchen, watching Max smiling and laughing to something that was cracking only him up, I remembered some words our neurologist told us when Max was about 1 year old.
He said, "you are lucky to have Max. He makes you so happy! You won't ever have to worry about him hanging with the wrong crowd, or getting into drugs, or into trouble at school. His whole life, he will make you happy.".
I thought then, yes, but we'll miss out on everything else parents of a typical child have. We won't have a "normal little boy" who gets in trouble.
As this summer has started, our daughter has rejoined the fold, here on her summer vacation to spend with us. She spends the rest of the school year with her mom in Oklahoma. When she arrives, our entire schedule, life, everything gets shifted and changed.
There are two very different children with very different needs to attend to. There is a need to entertain both of them differently. There's two different moods to negotiate. And the laundry, and dishes, and mess gets doubled!
And while all that craziness is always much anticipated, because we wish she was always with us, to see Max looking sweetly outside his window, dancing with the wind, or singing along to the birds in the tree, or just laughing for no real reason...I stop to remember our wise doctor's words. He's happy, he doesn't carry with him the worries of a typical child. He truly just makes us so so very happy.