a journal of my days,,

Thursday, 9 August 2018

life with Gracie.

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.





33 comments:

Susie said...

Oh Laurie, this posts has brought tears to my eyes. What your sweet granddaughter said to you just squeezed my heart. You are loved . Hug Gracie for me please. Blessings to all of you, family is so important. xoxo, Susie

Valerie-Jael said...

Gracie sounds like a wonderful person. All the best for her. Hugs, Valerie

jaz@octoberfarm said...

well...i just cried. i love gracie. what a kid but also such an old soul!

justjill said...

Gracie should never be seen as a problem and I am sure she is not. Delightful intuism she has.

Victor S E Moubarak said...

With best wishes to you and your whole family. Praying for you all.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

Best stuff I've read in a while. Hurray for Gracie.

TheAwakenedSoul said...

How sweet that she didn't want to lose you. I chuckled at her love of junk food. I know the feeling.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

"Stay there Nana so I don't lose you. " -- what a sweet ending to an emotional incident! Gracie is a real gift and you and Garry are a real gift to her for sure.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

She's very beautiful and a blessing to you...and everyone she knows! Hugs!

Elephant's Child said...

Echoing everyone else.
LOVELY post.

Christine said...

Now I have tears in my eyes, and your Gracie could be an autistic savant.

Lorrie said...

What a heart-breaking post, but full of hope and love. How sweet Gracie is to think of you. She's a very special girl.

William Kendall said...

She's one of a kind!

Terri D said...

What a beautiful young lady and she is such a blessing for you all (and you for her!). I will keep her in my prayers!

Peace Thyme said...

I want her to be my friend. Can she and you come over to play>

Diana Studer said...

Dear heart - never let you become lost <3

Carole said...

I look forward to seeing Gracie develop into a world beater. Great post.Take care. Cheers from Carole's Chatter
PS. Found you via LInda's sidebar .. Have followed her since before the grand quads were born

Adam said...

I'm a little shocked autism would cause them to reject her

acorn hollow said...

what a touching tribute to your grand daughter. I work with developmentally disabled adults in their jobs. they amaze me every day
Cathy

Magic Love Crow said...

What a beautiful post Laurie! You got me crying! I love you Gracie!!! I love you Laurie!!! Love to all your family! Big Hugs! (I just got a feeling that Gracie could be a Doctor!!)

Prims By The Water said...

What a special post. Gracie is a god send. SHe is stronger than you realize I think. Janice

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, she is just wonderful!

My boys love potato chips. My oh my, love is not a strong enough word! haha.

Red said...

Amazing story. These kids are so talented but have deficits in key areas.

Lois R said...

Oh Laurie, that gave me chills. She is such a gift to you. Lois from Ontario!

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

This sweet story brought tears to my eyes. She sounds amazing and you and your family are so beautiful with her. Thank you for this gift of sharing and love.

tammy j said...

oh my.
first I was thinking how beautiful I have always found her! that dark hair and her eyes and dark lashes.
and then I kept reading. and being amazed.
and then like the rest here I got tears in my eyes at such a little girl showing such a wonderful caring for others. especially YOU whom she loves so much!
she's rare. I too literally HATE loud noises and LOUD music! and it seems that it's everywhere these days and here to stay. Heaven forbid we ever just could listen to sounds of nature!
she's growing up in a strange world that those of us who love it will miss.
bless your Gracie all the wonderful days of her life. and yes. it's the silly school's loss. shame on them. and they call themselves teachers. xoxo

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Their loss is indeed a loss and from what you have written, Gracie is a very smart, caring and lovely child, and she obviously thinks you are pretty special as a grandmother too, Cathy.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Whoops, I am sorry about getting your name wrong, Laurie, in my previous comment.

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post, although yes, it has brought tears to my eyes to.
I think Gracie is just so special, and she thinks you are too.

Sending my good wishes to you all.

All the best Jan

Jeanie said...

This is one of the most touching posts I have ever read. What an angel Gracie is.

Linda said...

💓💕💓

Catalyst said...

I remember many years ago doing stories on an autistic boy who had been silent for years, then suddenly began talking again. Like Gracie, he knew things of which many people years older had no comprehension.

baili said...

Oh dear Laurie you made me almost cry!
i am so blessed to have such graceful friend like you who has such a beautiful and sacred heart!

your grand daughter is really truly amazing child and love and connection you both have developed meanwhile is so soulful and touching!