Monday, August 18, 2014

One Donut Can Go a Long Way

We attempted another family "vacation" last week. Although we've come a long way and there are moments that are fun, where we're all together, doing the same thing and actually laughing, for the most part they are still work, work, work. And I don't have to tell you, it's harder to do what you do, away from home. We ended up coming home a day early, and Wil was the happiest of all to do so. He was so relieved to have his space, away from everyone else, free to be as noisy as he wanted while simultaneously not hearing anyone else's annoying noises. Suffice it to say, an open-floor plan loft, was not designed with our family in mind. "Don't we all feel trapped?" Wil asked on day 2.

The first morning Wil and I went to the little grocery store in the village. He picked out a donut and ate it while we shopped. When we got up to the check stand I said, "He had a donut, too," so we'd be sure to pay for it.

"Was it good?" the checker asked, with a smile?

"Ohhhhhh, it was REALLY good," Wil said.

"What kind did you get?"

"Chocolate. The kind with chocolate frosting on top, but not the kind with filling. Just the plain kind with chocolate."

"That's my favorite kind, too," she said.

"Well! We'll bring you one tomorrow! Will you be here tomorrow in the morning, Colleen?" he asked, taking a glance at her name tag.

"I'll be here!" she said.

"Well, we'll see you then, Colleen! We'll see you in the morning and we'll bring you a chocolate donut. Don't forget!"

"Oh, I won't forget! See you tomorrow!"

Wil must have reminded me 10 times in the next 24-hours that we had to go back to the store in the morning, and take a chocolate donut to our new best friend, Colleen.

"We will for sure. I won't forget," I assured.

The next morning he bounded out of bed at 5:45. Yes, the dog was up. Yes, the dog was noisy and ready to eat and we all got up then, too, but the biggest reason was he could hardly wait to get that donut to Colleen.

"Wil, she doesn't work at 5:45, the store isn't even open. We'll go about 8:00, just to make sure she's there.

And so we did.

With much fanfare, we picked out just the perfect chocolate donuts, one for himself, one for Colleen. "She'll really like this one," he said.

We finished getting our few other things and proceeded to the checkout lines. No Colleen. We picked another line and asked the checker, "Would you be able to give something to Colleen for us when she comes in today?"

"Oh, she's here right now. She's on a break."

"We have a donut for her," Wil explained.

"Well, in that case, I'll call her right up here."

Colleen came out from wherever she was and walked over to check stand 2, as requested. She looked a little confused until she registered we were the "friends" from the day before.

"We brought you a donut, Colleen, just like we promised!" Wil beamed.

She beamed back at him. "I love you, sweetheart," she said.

"I love you too, Colleen! Enjoy that donut! You have a great day!"

There's no doubt she did.

When you ask Wil what his favorite part of our 3-day vacation was, he is sure to tell you about his new friend, Colleen, and the donut he bought her.



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Carrie is a parent and advocate of a child with special needs and even more special gifts. She blogs at http://carrielink.blogspot.com/ where this is pretty much her favorite topic. Carrie’s book, WIL OF GOD: Embracing the Relentless Love of a Special Child, is available in print on Amazon and all e-readers.



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