My sweet Hannah,
walked three miles and
did a bit of mindless
wandering with me.
This is a huge deal.
We walked for over two hours,
more than three miles,
when all was said and done.
She let me lead her thru the woods,
down trails she'd never seen.
We got temporarily misplaced
a couple of times and had to reroute.
A few whimperings prompted the occasional reassurances.
I love that she never lets go of my hand.
She is my favorite hand to hold.
Save for one other.
(Hannah smiles because I know what she means)
Hannah: Boom? Boom?
Me: Boom Boom Boom.
(Hannah smiles because she likes me to say it in threes)
I take Hannah's hand which is holding mine, and make the three beats
so she can feel my words.
I ramble on about music and rhythm.
A few minutes later she prompts me to do it again.
Repeat this 50 times. With me once n a while doing a 1 2 3.
And waltzing in the woods to make her laugh.
If I lay on the ground to photograph something,
she'll sit down behind me. : )
I photograph all of it.
So we both remember.
She gets up and goes to the bathroom on her own.
No prompting by me. yay. seriously.
Then comes to the kitchen for juice.
Me: radio, you want the radio?
I go get it thinking she wants music in the kitchen.
We listen to music a lot.
Lately I have it playing in the bathroom
while she takes a bath.
She takes me by the hand and brings me to her room.
She wants the music in her room.
(she has great taste)
If you've ever heard his music, you might understand
why she gravitates to it. I like to say he's autistically pleasing.
(as in.. especially pleasing to her autistic ear)
If that makes sense.
I plug in the ipod, she wraps herself in her favorite blanket
and tells me Bye.
How 16 of her.
She comes out a few songs later.
She claps her hands and says push ding.
Which means push swing.
And says walk too.
She knows she did something good.
She's proud of herself.
She should be.
I clap too and say You did good Hannah.
She turns around and goes back to listen to Martin.
I love this girl.
One Love. One Peace. Always and all ways.