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I Now See the Many Perks in Your Quirks

Son, I look at you and I realize that I’ve lost more time in trying to understand your odd behavior, when instead, I should have triumphed in the unexpected joys. This morning I experienced sudden enlightenment in the appreciation of the many advantages I am afforded as your mom, thanks to your special quirks and needs.

Like the touch of your fingers when you grabbed onto my hand and asked me to escort you into the school. Your anxiety of crossing the ring-road, meant an extra minute for me to walk beside you and guide you across the paved area.

From the other side, I stood, watching, as you turned around and winked at me. In that very brief moment, all that existed were you and I. Then you picked up your pace and hurried along the road to the traffic free side of the school building.

Only moments earlier a โ€œfriendโ€ rushed up to us. Your interaction with him reminded me of the changes. You no longer ask to walk ahead of me with a classmate, instead you step nearer and shy away from the social interaction. Observing your limited engagement as you prefer to talk about your topics of interest. Watching the other kids excitedly run into the playground – away from their parents, I feel blessed to have you leaning in closer as you chat away about your driving skills โ€“ imaginary to me, but very real to you.

Oh, and let’s not forget that meltdown two days ago, and the long tight squeeze that followed. Remember? It calmed you, and gave me an opportunity to hug you tight, and share some affection without your usual rejection. Close contact is not for you.

I now bask in these quirky delights, and embrace this unique kind of parenting. A parenting where my world has had to adapt for the better thanks to you.

To the moon and back and all the around the stars to infinity and beyond.

xoxo

Mom

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4 comments on “I Now See the Many Perks in Your Quirks

  1. Sula
    April 12, 2016

    Beautiful, I love that you really observe and appreciate the moments in motherhood which many take forgranted.

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    • ChevsLife
      April 13, 2016

      Thanks Sula. I’ve learned so much by just observing him.

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  2. emmathemom
    April 13, 2016

    I love this. I am learning to embrace the different moments instead of let them frustrate me. We are just beginning our journey and I feel like I know who my son is now more than ever.

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    • ChevsLife
      September 19, 2016

      All the best! Things change for the better when we choose to embrace our children for who they are, and not who we want them to be.

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