I love how it's the little things that he notices. I have never sat and watched the pedals from tree's roll down the street until I did it with Charlie. It was such a beautiful experience. It's the whole "Stop and smell the roses", I get so carried away with life and making sure that Charlie's day is the same with no changes, that I forget to stop and watch the pedals with him.
I really loved sitting on the side walk with him yesterday. Just Charlie and I watching the beautiful pink and white pedals, and smelling their lovely fragrance. For that moment in time I wasn't worried about a thing. I just let it all go and enjoyed the moment. I didn't think about what would happen if a loud car drove by, or if he would get obsessed. In the moment I forgot his downfalls as a little boy with Autism, and embraced his spirit as a little boy with special talents.
Yesterday taught me a lot about Charlie and who he is. He isn't a little boy with Autism. He isn't lost, or behind. It's the world that is lost and behind. Charlie is too smart for the world. He knows how to stop, and look at the little things, to take in each movement of the pedals and to let the beauty of it all take him in. Charlie is teaching us to slow down and take in each movement of our life, and is teaching us to let life take us in. Enjoy the beauty that is around us, and to "stop and smell the roses"
I can't wait for the summer to begin so Charlie can teach me even more about him.