Friday, October 3, 2003

Speaking of bedtime routines

I am really baring it all here... Well, not "that" way. But for me to allow people, other than family to see me at my worst... I almost didn't add this picture. But, even though I was sick with a temp of 103 and feeling my worst physically, it is one of my sweetest memories of early this summer. We'd spent the day at my brother's house, swimming. I didn't really want to go b/c I was having another one of my "episodes" with my health. (I won't go into all the boring details of my 2 1/2 yr. mystery illness. I don't want to ruin the moment, here.) Swimming means everything to Stephen in the summer. So, I took 4 advil, said a prayer and went. I was really paying for it by 8 PM. I was too sick to get out of bed, and read Stephen's bedtime story, so his daddy brought him to me. You can see on Stephen's face how he was soaking up every word, like a sponge! He may be delayed, special ed., or whatever his label is. But, anyone who loves reading, or  being read to, has something going on in their mind.. not just a blank space.  His daddy thought this was a kodak moment, and in spite of my pitiful image, Stephen's image is worth it all. He is non-verbal, but this picture, to me says a million words.

10 comments:

asnyandrews said...

How sweet Mia! Brings tears to my eyes. Kids love to be read too. It is a specail moment for every parent I think to have that time with their child.

~ Sonya

slowmotionlife said...

Awww.. great moment to share in your journal!! [I'm mailing those files tonight. I hope you and Stephen enjoy them!]

jslack605 said...

When my children were young I used to read a bedtime story from the book Sweet Dreams For Little Ones, maybe they have it at your library, it is a good memory. You look absolutely beautiful on this picture, like a madonna. Four Advil at once, that must be some awful pain you have.

franj1fla said...

great picture mia. that and your comments say it all. you asked me what happens to the older entries. i found them. got ot older entries. then, when you run out, move to the top of the screen and there is another Older Entries button. they're in there...

aims814 said...

Frank, thanks for the tip.... I would have never thought of it. why, I don't know. After all, the button says, "older entries" lol ~ thanks too for the kind words :)

jslack, I was going to the library today anyway, to have my name put on the new Nicholas Sparks book, "The Wedding" waiting list, and I will look for "Sweet dreams for little ones" That is one thing Stephen looks so forward to. Thanks a bunch!

aims814 said...

Sonya, I agree! My favorite memories from childhood, would be mama, reading to me. Especially when I was sick. I wish my hubby enjoyed reading, and that my mom's eyes were able to read. Over the last couple of yrs when I've had to go to bed with my illness, I had no one to read to me, and for some reason I (the child, within) wanted that, for comfort. I have made a promise, that when I am able, I will go to the nursing home to read to people who are unable to read to themselves.

slowmotionlife said...

Mia - I was going to recommend a GREAT children's book that my son LOVES. There's no pictures, unfortunately, but it's a really fabulous book by Sharon Creech called "Love That Dog". If you can get it at the library, you both might like it.

aims814 said...

Amy, so funny you recommended that book. Stephen is a dog fanatic! Loves them! I will look for it! Thanks a bunch!

raisinglouisiana said...

In every picture, Stephen has the biggest and happiest
smile, it's heartwarming! His smile says volumes, and
to me, it's all good! I hope you're feeling better soon.
Take care, Love, Penny

lilbidypretty1 said...

Penny,As a mother who faces the challenges of a son who is different. I use our story time to instill self worth and value in being different, One of my TJs favorite books is The Crippled Lamb by Max Lecato.a story that reassures us that our differences really are part of Gods plan.Keep up the good work&Bright Blessings!CK