"These happy golden years are passing by, these happy golden years." Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, December 22, 2006

A Great Affinity For Love

I take great offence when I hear kids or adults use the "R" word (retarded). Little do they know it mean "s-l-o-w" not stupid. Having a s-l-o-w child is not in society's majority ... so comes the lack of understanding by that majority. What my child lacks in speed he makes up for in love. He loves his dog, Miss Holly. Lately when he rambles about his love for me, he's been calling me "Ho-nn-y" (L's are difficult for him to pronounce). I know he's trying to express his love in the same language tone he uses for his pooch. Today, when dh called, Nathan started calling him "Ho-nn-y" ... I had a little explaining ... but Daddy was pleased with the connection. People, do you know how blessed I am to have someone saying "I --- love --- you" mommy with eyes and body language that oooozes affection 24/7? Parents that have s-l-o-w children are in a select club ... be it not one we chose to be in ... but one in which God has placed us. The best place to be is in God's place ... the blessings are awesome.

At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2. And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3. And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
Matthew 18:1-5 KJV


Pat said...

I got off work a little early today. I just read today's post and I'm sitting here with my eyes filled with tears. The tears are from imagining the purest of love that Nathan knows. The pure love that his heart feels and the pure love that your family feels for him. God selects only those who have a heart that can give and recieve that kind of love to be the parents and family of such a special child. You all must be very special.
Merry Christmas to you Mrs. Mac and to all of your precious family!

Michelle said...

What a great picture of love - Nathan and his dog Miss Holly! Beautiful post! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Sara said...

what a great post. i worked with special ed kids for years before nursing. you're right, special needs are so very misunderstood AND under-estimated. i have found myself, more than once, jealous of what God must see in the parents of these kids to entrust them with such sweet children. i can't wait to meet nathan, here or in heaven. i've never met him and he's one of my favorite brothers.

mrs darling said...

What a special post. Truly we are blessed!

Margie said...

What a great post!! I guess I was a little behind.

When I was about 16 my g-friend was dating a guy who was making fun of someone who really was handicapped (retarded) after screaming at the guy, we left, and I told her if she ever saw him again, she could count on the fact that she wouldn't see me again :) He got the boot!

Tammy and Parker said...

A beautiful post.

Terry said...

Dear Mrs. Mac...What people don't realize is the only slow thing about these little treasures sent right from God Himself is their slowness to be mean and cruel like lots of the "fast" people in this world!!!!..

Actually I just came up to wish you a "Merry Christmas" but as I ALWAYS look for pictures of your little "Gift", I stopped and read this post.
I have just been waiting to have a lot of time so I can read all the posts you have here lined up about Nathan.

Sure you are blessed Mrs. Mac but you know what just knowing you and that little guy of yours, you know what?.. I feel blessed TOO!!...Love Terry

Maggie Ann said...

Mrs.Mac, how precious this post is, I can see the love Nathan is pouring out on his Miss Holly. You are blessed indeed to have your sweet boy. I'll bet his hugs feel like heaven too! My boy is a man now and his arms around my neck still feel so sweet. Oh, the bond between parents and child, and your bond is deeper yet I'm sure. Merry Christmas dear friend! I'm glad to read too that you have a church group just 4 doors away. How fun and what a blessing that will be. =)

Terry said...

Dear Mrs. Mac I have just been going over your blog again.
I don't know how I missed Margie's comment. Maybe because I was too upset myself.Usually I read all of your comments. Your friends are all such treasures for you Mrs. Mac...
I want to comment on Margie's comment Mrs. Mac.

Bernie, my husband was best friends with my brother, Gary before I even had met him.
One day they were talking to two pretty girls and the girls were quite nice or so it seemed.
Bernie left the group for a bit and as soon as he was out of ear shot, one of the girls said to Gary and her friend. "I didn't know if that guy was looking AT me or BEHIND me!" And then both girls laughed.
Yes they laughed and my brother? Well HE said "Good bye girls!" and left.
You see Bernie was born with an eye defect where his one eye, a lazy eye does not look straight.
I was so proud of my brother when I heard this story later!
And Margie must of been proud of her friend!...Love Terry

Ha! Those two girls got the boot before they even had it!!

Mrs. Mac said...

Terry ... Bernie's eye condition should be renamed from "lazy eye" to "multi-directional vision". Good for your brother for not sticking around.

Terry said...

Yes, I guess so Mrs. Mac but it DOES have its' disadvantages.[for me not HIM]!One time he was looking at me and at the same time looking at a nice looking blonde girl that was dressed in a pretty white dress! hee hee..Love Terry

I have always loved my brother but I loved him even more after that!
He was best man at our wedding almost 35 years ago...