Issue 54: Ways to Survive ASD Parenting and Stay Thankful
Issue 58: Winning Ways to Share the Love with All of Your Children
Issue 81: When Special Education Fails to Be Special
Jerry had a first this past weekend, and if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you likely saw all the pictures and heard about our proud moment...attending his first social event with his peers.
His school, the Impact Academy (which recently won Best of Tampa Bay 2017), hosted a dance, Hollywood theme style. And they went all out for the kids, from a red carpet and paparazzi taking pictures and making them feel like stars as they entered to a DJ, and top notch decorations and snacks.
Jerry wanted to go the first day he brought the flyer home from school. Better yet, he wanted his sister Michaela to go with him as his "date." And of course, she said yes. Here they are decked out for their big night.
And they had a BLAST! We dropped them off at 7 pm, never thinking Jerry would make it until the end at 10. Mick was told to text us when he said he was ready and we walked around Ybor City where the dance was waiting for that text. It never came. We went to dinner, walked around some more, stopped for dessert. The only texts from Micky were ones of how much fun her and Jerry were having.
Finally, we returned to the dance about 20 minutes before it was scheduled to end. And he was still going strong! Mick got video of him singing and dancing his little heart out. By the time the night ended, he was sweating up a storm and exhausted. He literally fell into bed when we got him home.
I am not sure what melted my heart more...the fact that he took this monumental step in his development or his sister's huge heart to give up her Friday night to go with him...and happily! I am not sure which of them was honetly more excited! She has always been compassionate towards Jerry and others with special needs, as seen in her 11+ years as a buddy in Buddy Baseball, but this was different.
It has been a long few years with Jerry, behaviorally speaking. And his sister has been the recipient of much verbal and physical aggression from him. She's shouldered her share of the bruises...literally...that's for sure. Still, she loves him unconditionally, has grown in patience and selflessness through serving him, and is Jerry's favorite babysitter. She is also the only one of his siblings who will jump to our rescue and aid in cleaning up midnight vomits, changing wet sheets, and now bathing him and changing his G-tube gauze. Love that girl. God has big plans for that heart of hers.
Anyway, stay tuned for more updates and lists of firsts for Jerry as he continues to grow and mature and reap the benefits of his new medicine (medical marijuana) and diet (SCD).
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