After a few days rest, I managed to tame the virus attacking me through zicam, airborne and echinacea. I say "tame" because it seems to keep reappearing. The whole family is fighting it. I was grateful to be feeling better in time for an afternoon with Lily on such a beautiful day. We tested her swimming pool out. (See photos today and tomorrow over on Wings Open). The cherries weren't ready yet, but she liked the leaves anyway.
I've shared here and there about little steps of progress Lily has made but the last few weeks have been amazing. All of a sudden, she connected words with their meaning and it was as though a door opened. I asked her at lunch time, oatmeal or pancakes, and she said oatmeal. Note: Lily has a short list of foods she likes, which is not unusual in children with autism. The point is that she told me which food she wanted with no visuals, no pointing. Yay!
Then Mama had her tell me her name.Proudly, she grinned and said,"illy."
My brother popped in and she told both he and his doggie goodbye.
The best part of the day came when she was leaving with Dada tonight and I said say, "Love you, Mammy." Guess what? She did! Three little words as important to me as a Presidential speech to others.
Celebrating every step along the journey.
Lots to write in my journal tonight.