If I were to be completely honest, I'd say one of my faults is having some strong preconceived notions. In other words, I do a whole lotta assuming. Sometimes (often, I say) I am right, but when I am wrong, I really am wrong. I was reminded of the truth of the saying "assume makes .... " (fill in the blanks), last week at our family vacation at Great Wolf Lodge.
As I mentioned in my last post, the vacation was a belated celebration of Sophie's older sister's 7th birthday. The get-away was mainly planned as a treat for our two older children. Their life was about the babies and about autism for too long. And while they were having a blast I assumed that we would have to keep Sophie busy with snacks and maybe even take turns sitting in the hotel room with her. I assumed Sophie would not find the park too entertaining. After all, she doesn't even like water.
|Wait a minute...|
Sophie blew us all out of the water, so to speak. She ran for the pool before she was even changed, had to be caught, wrestled into a swimsuit while squirming impatiently, and then was happy as a clam until it was time to get out. Then wasn't so happy :)
She did it all - wading pool, wave pool, lazy river, splash works, hot tub... We found that she still has the infantile swimming instincts and naturally relaxed in the water and did a sort of a doggie paddle. It seems like learning to swim is a very realistic goal for her.
Of course, I relentlessly kept on assuming. I assumed she would find the kiddie arcade too loud and chaotic (I sure did). Well, she loved it. She ran around the perimeter exuding pure joy, delighting in the twirling lights and disjointed beeps and jingles of the video games. While she seemed completely oblivious to her surroundings, all of a sudden she made a very deliberate bee-line for the carousel and insisted on being hoisted up onto the pony. Yes, yes I assumed she wouldn't like it. But I put her up and she grasped onto the golden pole and enjoyed every second of that 3-token ride with her sister by her side.
We had a wonderful vacation. We recharged, reconnected and tried something new (I even tried the tube slides for the first time ever in my 32 years with my big boy).
And I think I will remove "assume" and "can't" from my vocabulary, when talking about Sophie at least.
|Funny pic- can you say "family of introverts"? Relaxing in our room in the evening.|