A Little R&R


“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”
Pooh’s Little Instruction Book

At first glance, this photo may not look very special to you – just a little boy sleeping in a recliner. In reality it is a whole lot more.

This is the little man. Relaxing. As tension-free as he can get. He looks comfortable and natural, not tight from spastic muscles. The crossing of his legs might appear very nonchalant, but it would have taken him multiple tries to get into that position. It is purposeful.

The normalcy of this particular photograph was so striking it was immediately sent to the grandparents. We just had to share this triumph. Before the little man, I would never have considered just being comfortable a triumph. Now I understand how much those things mean when life isn’t “normal.”

My husband decided to move this recliner into our living room to increase his gaming relaxation during my second ill-fated trip to Texas. His intention was for the little man to sit beside him in his special chair, but the little man just wasn’t having any of that. He insisted on sitting in the recliner. I can’t blame him – the recliner is “his” and usually lives in his room.

Now he won’t sit anywhere else.

Our solution? Well, we are taking the chaise off of our sectional to make a permanent spot for the recliner in the living room. I’d fill the entire room with recliners if it would mean more relaxed moments like the one captured in this image. [No. This does not mean we can turn the living room into a theater, husband.]



    1. For the first week of the recliner in the living room, we couldn’t stop taking pictures of him. And of the few times he let his sister sit with him. Too cute!

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