Jun 21, 2017

My Beautifully Unique Child

I know that I've talked about how Jake marches to the beat of his own drum. He is Beautifully unique and amazingly original. In light of the current funk that I am still in I thought I would post about my little ray of sunshine. He and Mr. J remind me of how lucky I am. 
I started this blog a little before I found out that I was pregnant with Jake. He is now 8. There are some years that my blog went by the way side and was neglected but all the fond memories that I have posted are here FOREVER and I am grateful for that. 

Last week I picked up Jake from school like this ↓(see pic below). I asked him if his class was making hats today. He said no, I just wanted to wear a hat today. I asked what the 7 meant and he said, 'I just like the number 7'. That simple. As I walked into his class that day, he stood out to me. Not because he is my child but because he was the only one that made himself a hat that day and wore it all day. Some times kids laugh and snicker at him but when that happens I am grateful that he doesn't always get that they are doing that. 
One day last week a kid in Jake's class was very upset with him. He said 'Quit rolling your eyes at me' and Jake said, 'Um I can't help it, I'm blind'. Jake has involuntary eye movements and to someone that doesn't know that, you would think he is rolling his eyes at you. I loved how he advocated for himself but it did hurt his feelings a little. He quickly recovered though. 

One of Jake's favorite things to do after school/adventure zone is to sit at the island with us and write or draw. The other night he made himself a scavenger hunt. The life of an only child. 

His favorite ice cream treat is vanilla with chocolate syrup and cherries. 

Last night Jake laid in the pay window writing colors in Spanish. He has never been a kid that wants to play video games or sports. Possibly due to his visually impairment. I can't be quite sure but I love that he loves to write and would much rather do this.

I am proud to say that my kid is a little weird. I don't use that word in a negative way at all. I am extremely proud of my child's uniqueness.

"It’s weird not to be weird". ~ John Lennon

"Blessed are the weird people – poets, misfits, writers, mystics, painters & troubadours – for they teach us to see the world through different eyes" Jacob Nordby

"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary". ~ Cecil Beaton


Bethie The Boo said...

I love your beautiful son! He is wonderful and unique and his pictures always make me smile. I really think he and Ollie would be good friends. Keep doing you Jake. Don't ever let anyone change you!

Kristi @ Mi Vida Ocupada said...

Jake is the biggest blessing!! You've done a beautiful job raising such an amazing and unique kid. I love you guys!!

Lauren said...

It's totally fine to be weird! I consider myself weird, but wouldn't change it. It sounds like you have a really happy kid and that's the main thing. :)

Hope Whispers said...

I can march to his beat too! I love weird! Seriously though, I love that he didn't let the eye comment get to him. MY oldest has Tourettes and went though a eye rolling period. At the time, we didn't have a diagnosis, so he was constantly saying he was sorry but that he was just stretching his eyes.

Kimberly said...

My son has severe OCD and his compulsions are sometimes very obvious - like he does a 3 times head nod up and down and sideways because he believes that he might turn into a bad child. He also has Tourette's syndrome. Kids are starting to call him annoying (because his verbal tics are coughs and grunts).
It's hard being a kid and it's hard to parent kids with these challenges. The best you can do is love them and encourage them and show them what wonderful little individuals they are. You are doing a great job mama. xoxox

Lisa said...

Ppfft, normal is boring! It's awesome that he can entertain himself and will stand up for himself, too. He's a great kid!