Remember how she didn’t go?
Well, there was another Disney on Ice show. And this time dear friends and family went. And Hope went. And Brandon went. And I went. And Rhema went-est.
On the train into Boston she sat with her hands in her lap and stared out the window and bounced up and down in her seat and flashed a happy grin.
During the show she stared at the ceiling or covered her face, and we tried to get her to focus on the characters and the costumes and the lights (come on, joint attention, come on!) There were brief moments when I felt frustrated that she was “missing” the show.
And then I realized she wasn’t missing a thing. She was with us. Taking it in, as always, in her perfect Rhema way.
She made it through the entire 2-hour show.
Days later, my heart is still soaring. I assumed she couldn’t handle it – the noise, the crowds, the waiting, the unfamiliar – and she blew my assumptions to bits. She was great, and I am so proud of her and so thankful for this family memory. We did it!
(Thank you, friends, for the gentle encouragement, for making me believe we could. I’m dangerous now, thinking just about anything is possible!)
Anyone want a book? Two of my stories are being published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. The first is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood and will be released on March 12. The second book is Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum and will be released on April 2nd, Autism Awareness Day. (More details on this to come!) Both books can be pre-ordered at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
I just finished reading the Parenthood collection and it’s a good one. So. If you’d like a free, advance copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Parenthood leave a comment and we’ll draw a name!