We have our 8 year-old granddaughter spending most days this summer with us while her parents are at work. Our 3 year-old granddaughter is at day care all day but our Gracie isn't allowed to be at the daycare because she has Autism, they say she is special needs and they do not have a special needs program.
Well, she is special this I know, and it's definitely our gain and their loss.
She flew through grade three with a minimum of bumps in the process and excels in all subjects for the most part far ahead of children years older.
She is a very clever girl, what she does struggle with are learned behaviors that she can change as she grows older.
She struggles in social skills, but is getting better everyday, learning to joke and be silly does not come naturally to her but it's amazing the ground she has gained in this area with the help of her Papa, he has THE best sense of humor.
Our daughter works wonders with our Gracie,, she is truly Gracie's strongest advocate!
When Gracie was 2 going on 3 she read the names of all the vegetables in the market from the signs at the displays, at first we thought is was just a coincidence, could she actually be reading the words , yes she was and this would be the sign that our little girl would be a reader and the knowledge she reads never leaves her.
At the end of a movie she only needs to see the credits of the movie fly by once to remember all the actors and people that work on a film,, it is utterly amazing.
She does have problems with loud sounds, crowds, and has to have order in her everyday life, change is a bit hard for her but we are all as a family unit helping her work on that.
She is a very picky eater and has a hunger for junk foods, she loves sugary foods and Doritos, oh my gosh,, she loves those things.
They are the worst possible junk food and she very rarely gets to have them.
The knowledge she has banked in her little noggin is utterly astounding.
When we were at the park the other day she was playing in the sensory park and decided she would move on to the other area of play ground equipment,,
faster than my weak eyes could follow,
it scared me to death.
It's a very safe area, not a lot of children but ten children are too many for eyes to weed through, I panicked.
I lost her from my vision field, my husband had just gone back to the car to bring back cold drinks and I was in a panic. There were too many children for me to find her and I couldn't see where to go, I could feel the blood drain from my body.
I made my way over the area I thought she was and then just stood there hoping my husband would suddenly sprout wings and fly to my side.
But it was Gracie who suddenly appeared beside me took my hand and without a word brought me to the bench beside the swings she had chosen to play on.
She said " stay there Nana so I don't lose you. "
Garry had only been gone 20 seconds but what a range of emotions in 20 seconds.
Gracie tells me that she will always be my eyes and that she will never let me become lost and when she is older she will invent a special potion that will make my eyes new again.
I have all the faith in the world she will do just that.