My three year old son has cerebral palsy. We adopted him when he was only 4 1/2 months old and – even though he is a very joyful addition to the household – everyday is an adventure. We know little about the future of his disability and take things day-by-day. Like many people in our situation, we get very excited about the little things.
Recently, we had a very big little thing: He asked a question.
As my husband put his coat on, the little man said “Ba” for bye. After confirming that he was leaving, my husband continued to put his coat on. The little man followed up by asking “Ma Ba.” “Ma” is his sound for me/my (not for mom . . . although it is sometimes hard to convince people of this, I know the difference between when he wants me and when he wants everything else he can see).
The little man was loaded up in the car to go for a ride. How could you not?
March 25th was Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day. I’m only slightly late with this posting. All of March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, so it still counts.