We were at the doctor last week having Little’s leg checked. (She fell and got a bruise in May and it just went away a week or two ago. Although the blue is gone, the bump/knot is still present and Little’s OT sent us to the doctor. Turns out it is a “calcified hematoma.) While at the doctor the conversation went in a direction that caused me to consider yet again if Little truly understands her brain condition and if she is aware of the affects. I thought I would ask her and see what happened.
On the way to the car I asked, “Little, do you understand you have a special brain?”
She answered, “Of course I do.” I continued, “Do you find that some things are hard because of your special brain?” Quietly she said, “yeah” and I asked what types of things were hard. She held her LeapPad out in front of her and said with a slight grin, “Doing this is hard for me.” I knew right away that she wasn’t really following what I was asking and so I followed up with, “Is Math sometimes hard for you?” To which she quietly said, “yeah.”
Once we got in the van I thought I would say something “profound” to end the discussion and so I asked, “Little, who made that special brain of yours?” “God did,” she answered. Seizing the moment I added, “God made your special brain for a special purpose. I can’t wait to see just what he does with my special girl.”
She said, “He made me special. Did He make Lion’s Choice too?”
“Where did that come from?” I asked.
“He made Lion’s Choice special ’cause they have ice cream cones. And McDonalds too ’cause THEY have ice cream cones. Can we go get an ice cream cone, Mamma?”
That was that. . . what I took away was that my daughter knows God made her for a purpose and in her mind she is as special as an ice cream cone (which is VERY special in her mind!!)