Today was a very good day.
It started off with a typical morning: My daughter curled up next to me in bed with her arm across my neck, telling me "Good morning" and how much she loves me, my son sprawled on top of me giggling his sweet morning breath in my face. We wrestle, we play. Someone eventually gets tickled before we finally march downstairs for breakfast. It was sunny and the wind that came in through the windows was cool and fresh.
My son's therapists arrived a little late for today's appointment, but the visit went wonderful. We talked about the small hurdles my son has made, how he says an approximation of "Go!" when we prompt him with a "Ready, set..." and a wand full of bubble solution. It was a trick he was eager to show us again and again as we met with applause and excited squeals, and blew long strands of bubbles into the air as he shouted "GAAAH!" We reviewed a video we had taken at our last appointment of Gus and I playing together, and I was given much needed pointers on how to imitate more than initiate, and techniques for more therapeutic play.
After they left, we went to Costco. We had pizza for lunch, and the kids sat happily at the table with me without a single fuss, ate happily. When we walked around to shop for a few necessary things (like chocolate-covered caramels with sea salt and dried figs, y'know, the important things), I was able to slip a little cinnamon and sugar-covered churro into Gus' mouth, and for the first time out of many, he actually seemed to enjoy it. He ended up eating at least a third of the churro, and while it's not anything I'd consider healthy at all, it is huge that he took a textural leap of faith and accepted a sandy-feeling treat.
When we got home, we settled down with a little bowl of pretzels and watched "Frozen" for what must have been the 40th time so far. Then, we went to the park.
Taking my children to the playground is a pretty predictable routine: Gus climbs up the jungle gym, runs to the slide, goes down. Tries to climb back up it, gets frustrated, runs to the swings and expects to sit on my lap as I swing. Evelyn is more than happy to run all over the play equipment by herself while I watch.
This late in the day, though, there were a lot of girls there, some only a little older than Evie and some much older, and they eagerly accepted her into their play group. They had bags with dolls and they sat on a step brushing their hair. They climbed the slides together. They ran around holding hands and jumping. The joy in her little face to be included and welcomed, to be enjoyed and adored, to be among peers melted my heart. It made me think of preschool and how my little social butterfly will be in full flight when she starts to make real friends, not just passing acquaintances at the playground.
We walked home, kicking and chasing our ball. I got Chinese takeout for dinner. Everyone honored bedtime happily and fell asleep quickly. Gus even let me brush his teeth without a fight. I am tired and worn out, but I powered through my yoga in a hot attic with sweat dripping down my cheeks and I feel amazing. My life may be simple, but it is beautiful.
Yes, today was a very good day.