The Best Medicine

Our dear, wonderful Arkansas friends came to visit over the long weekend. They are some fabulous people who took me under their wing when my husband was deployed for four months, and who kept us afloat when Charlie was born so very sick. They are balm for my soul and it is so nice to have them around.

They have two little girls that I’d like to call fabulous, but I seem to have used up all my adjectives in the first paragraph. They’re good kids–polite, cute, kind. They’re not greedy/grabby, they listen to their parents, and you can actually go places with them and not wish you were dead, which can be rare with young children.

They are especially great with Charlie. They ask questions about what he likes, they try hard to make him smile; they get down on the ground and play with him like it’s the most natural thing in the world.

I love to see how Charlie responds to them as well. The whole non-verbal thing makes it hard to tell what he’s thinking. But he cried when they’d run off and leave him behind, so I took that as a good sign. He also allowed one entire hour of Wonder Pets to be played on the DVD player, which is nothing short of a miracle. “If it ain’t Miss Rachel, it ain’t worth watchin'” is generally his motto. He seems mild-mannered, but that’s just because you haven’t messed with his Signing Time.

Today I noticed that he was playing with toys that he used to ignore–but that the girls liked.

He also kicked some serious booty in speech today. He made purposeful choices, answered yes, and did this for the entire one-hour session. This is a kid who hated Speech so much I’d have to put him in time out half-way through a session just to get him to calm down.

I can’t help but wonder is the girl’s visit didn’t have some effect on him.

A delightful visit that leaves my child full of new interests and skills? I’m calling that a win-win.

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  1. Can you send those girl my way??:) I really do think children are sometimes the best therapy for our extraordinary kiddos. Of course, it helps when they are well-behaved and thoughtful. Definitely sounds like you need them to come around more often. Let me know, and I will drop Emma off! Just a 13 hour drive, no prob! Excited to hear about your Blissdom thing with Ellen. Have fun!

  2. says:

    Katy, that's so cool! I'm glad to hear that having company helped Charlie, and that you enjoyed hanging out with them too. I love all the pics of Charlie you've been posting, he's a cuteness explosion!

  3. Hehe, he has a fixation with Rachel Coleman? They start so young! Hudson has the signing time set and his love of the set hasn't worn off, weather it's Vol 1 or Vol 13 or whatever they go to! Huds fixation however is for the The Wiggles, started at a very young age and at age 11 it's still the DVD I go for to fo the ABR exercises he hates! I can barely stand to listen to them anymore, but at least it gets the job done! Great that Charlie had some playmates!

  4. therextras says:

    One word comes to mind: preschool.


    (For bluffska – can either of you use ear buds?)

  5. Small Town Girl says:

    Sounds like that visit was great for everyone! You really can't beat friends like that.

  6. Baylee and Blair's page says:

    It's awesome to have friends like that! I'm so glad you guys had a great time and I'm sure you were sad to see them go!

    Hugs – Tiff

  7. That is so great, Katy! Kids have a weird way of "affecting" our kids in ways we never thought of. SO cool!

  8. Definitely win-win! I love your updates on Charlie!

  9. 美麗之城 says:

    Lets cross the bridge when we come to it..................................................

  10. Yay for friends!

    We're watching Rachel right now.

  11. oh you definitely need to have those girls over more often because yes they gave your son somethings to aspire to. Children can be such awesome tools :)

    Happy New Year by the way!

  12. I'm glad Charlie is doing so great, its awesome watching his progress!

  13. I think that's great! HOw wonderful that social interaction is so beneficial for him–and that you found some kids who interact with him so well! You should have them over more often!

  14. Wish we could come over more often. So glad you love us so much. We love you and yours just as much. Already miss you guys. Loved the Monnot food, too!