Bucket Filling and Other Exceptional Life Lessons

Yesterday being Michael’s first day back, I was a little worried how he would be when he came home. I was also thinking with a new bus driver he may come home more nervous or stressed, but no. He was the perfect picture of calm, serenity and went on to share his day with me at snack time. Afterwards, he was showing me the funny dance he and his friends were doing after one child’s birthday party in the class, and then he did his homework and played a bit with me before supper.

Looking at him as well in his blazer sweater I was amazed to admit that my little boy is growing up, and that this was definitively one of our up days as mother and child. That’s just the thing with our children, especially exceptional ones, they always amaze us with what they can do, how they can behave properly when we least expect it sometimes. Lately Michael has had a harder time with anxiety, so for me watching him behave calmly and maturely like this was a terrific gift to see for both of us. I relaxed like I haven’t in awhile and reminded myself that this is what I needed to remember next time I was having a hard day with him and him with me.

Exceptional Parents, how do your Exceptional Children surprise you when you least expect it? How do you deal with the ups and downs, and do you remind yourself that when you are up you can still hold on to the feeling when you and your child have down days? That is the challenge, but one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and our child, the power to see the glass as half full instead of half empty. One of Michael’s favorite books is called “How To Fill Your Bucket.” He’s even started talking or mumbling about full and empty buckets, making the best out of a situation. I’m so glad he is catching on to this lesson. It is one that even as adults we need to keep in mind. If we do, our life will continue going in a positive direction. Good luck with your bucket filling! Until next time.

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