On Wed., 4/21/10, I posted a devotional about a Helen Keller quote. I had been feeling very upset because Peter had hit me. The timer had gone off, and I made him come out of his beloved bodysock to get back to his classwork. Peter had never really hit me before. Although he hadn’t hit me hard at all, and I knew he didn’t mean anything more but registering his displeasure, my heart was heavy. As recounted in my devotional entry, the Lord gave me the encouragement I needed with a little quote the gals had posted up on the board at Curves.
Well, the Lord is abundantly gracious! Later that day, Peter’s tutor was trying to get him out of the bodysock to get back to work. He was reluctant, so the tutor said, “Remember this morning? Your mom took away the bodysock for the whole morning when you wouldn’t come out.” Peter then popped out of the bodysock and cheerfully went back to his classwork! So he did learn, and the whole thing was worth it!
But that’s not all. Later that afternoon, I took Peter to gymnastics. He ran to the chip stand, and I said, “No, Peter. It’s time to start your class.” Right after gymnastics, he ran right past me to the chip stand. Then he stopped, turned around, and looked at me, asking, “Chips, please.” I was so thrilled! He self inhibited, and appropriately made a request, even using his words with eye contact! Of course I said, “Thanks for asking so nicely. Yes, here’s 50 cents for the chips.”
But that’s not all. Peter’s little 5 year old brother, Luke, asked Peter for chip in the car. Peter handed Luke a big chip, Luke said “thanks,” and Peter said, “welcome.” I was so happy! The two of them had a spontaneous conversation without any prompts or intervention, and even a polite one! Glory alleluiah!