First and foremost, this is amazing to me, and that I caught on to it. This morning we were free to head on over to our diner for breakfast. I say “our” diner because this is the one that DH has the school discount for. He always goes there to, 1: Support a local business, and 2: the school discount gets him 15-20% off the bill…. also, it’s very close to us and that’s a plus.
So we were there today, waiting for our breakfast and I sort of hear, on the peripheral, a conversation happening between the hostess and a man. I don’t see them, but she calls him ‘Tony’ and all of a sudden Gabe pipes up (he must have been listening, too) and blurts out, “His name is Tony, Dad!” He was so excited. I still don’t really know who the guy is and just let it go and never turned around. I mean, give those people their privacy, right?
So then later on the manager comes over and he says hello. He always says hello. Then Gabe says, “Hi, TONY, how are you?”…. and blah blah’s of other stuff he talks about, but then it just clicked that my little guy, who’s been talking to this manager like forever, but I guess without knowing his name, picks up on his name, then immediately uses it in a greeting. How cool is that! Now, this might seem trivial to most of you, or all of you; but it’s a pretty BIG damned thing for me. First, I feel so blessed to be able to actually see this in action and then put two and two together, myself. Usually my boys are out together, but without me to save some money here and there, but big guy wanted us all to eat out this morning. Second, part of Gabe’s disability is that his social skills are/were practically non-existent. I can’t wait to tell the supervisor of the social skills group… I think it’s working! It’s so wonderful to see this progress in action and taking hold. This coming week is the last week, but then it starts up again when the summer semester at the school starts. Gabe is also starting to hold the doors open for me and even gesturing with his hands and saying, “come right this way”…. LOL.
Oh, another biggie thing happened at breakfast. Gabe made an actual egg sandwich all by himself…. what? Up until now, he always refused a sandwich and has not had eggs in a very long time, since being a toddler. Out of the blue, he orders an egg, then proceeds to make a sandwich with the toast that was served. I suspect that he saw me modeling that behavior because I always get scrambled eggs and rye toast, then make a sandwich out of it, which I also did today.
Okay… I just wanted to write that down. Every year he is making progress and it’s pretty exciting.
Oh hell, am I too “mothery” and not realizing that he’s growing up and can do a lot more than I thought? I’ve been told that I baby my little guy and I try to keep that in mind, but there are still a lot of things I won’t let him do by himself. I have no other children to know what is supposed to come next, and then I see all these new things… Just wondering.