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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

All In Good Time

A Nathan Story.

One of Nathan's goals this year in his life skills class at school was met yesterday. He has had an aversion to school assemblies, movie theaters, big church, and social gatherings with more than a few people, especially ones that involve sitting in a theater and having the lights go out. We have tried for years to get him in a movie theater ... with no success. The boy LOVES movies btw. Last year his wonderful teacher made arrangements with our local theater for her special needs class to attend a movie. They had the whole theater to themselves and even planned for the lights to stay on and slowly dim ... and keep the entrance open. Nathan sat just outside the theater's back entrance door. A developmental milestone was met this week when he sat outside the doors of a school assembly AND actually went into a movie theater to watch an entire movie with his class. He came home informing us that he wanted to go back (with his girlfriend) to see the movie, "UP" ... (of course he saw a preview for this movie ... he's highly motivated by previews :)
Here's hoping that this will eventually lead up to attending church. Way to go ... Nathan!


Terry said...

for sure...way to go nathan!
i am really afraid mrs. mac that your teenaged boy is growing up to be a young man right before your eyes!!
i can understand his aversion to sitting in a dark theatre.
although mom golden never allowed us to go to shows, i remember one time gary found three dollars and the four of us betty ,me, teddy and gary snuck to a show.
the pitch dark in that building really scared me!
can you believe it mrs. mac. the year was about 1958 and the show was called, "the ice queen"!
so you see i really do understand little nathan. i have always been afraid of the dark. i even sleep with the lights on!

three cheers for your brave little man and i really pray that he will not be afraid of the crowded church when he goes and you know what else mrs. mac?....MANY cheers for his wonderful teacher!.........love terry

now mrs. mac...is this the very same girl that nathan wanted to bring home to meet the family?
oh this is getting scary. very, VERY scary!!...ha!

Northeast Iowa Mom said...

What awesome news. That seems like a gigantic accomplishment for Nathan. Congrats to him, and to his teacher!

therextras said...

Congratulations to Nathan - AND everyone who helped him reach this goal!

So important in an 'inclusion' kind of way. He can now let himself into more of world. Sharing himself with everyone else helps us all.


Mrs. Darling said...

Bless his heart! He is growing up! Independence is what its all about! :)

Amrita said...

Way to go Nate. Great achieevement

Sara said...

you rock nathan!

Pat said...

How wonderful for Nathan! He sounds like he has great teachers as well. As you said....all in good time, his timing.
I'd like to see the movie UP too, it looks like fun! McDonalds for everyone afterward!

Margie said...

when I come to visit I want to go to the movies with Nathan!!

You're awesome Nathan!

Constance said...

That is awesome! I think most of us have no concept that some every day, "no big deal" things are major hurtles for others! Who knows, maybe this is the start of bigger things for Nathan! (and you)

Crown of Beauty said...

this is a good post, and I am so happy for you and for Nathan. Such a big step he has taken!

I am sure you must be very happy about it, as well as Nathan.

Praying that before too long he will begin attending church and enjoying it.

Diane said...

Yippeeeee for Nathan! How exciting! God is so good and always faithful to those who love Him and wait on His good pleasure. I am so excited for you Mrs. Mac~

Frum Helen Back said...

Great job Nathan and his special teacher. The both must be so proud.

Trish said...

Woo Hoo! So happy for you and Nathan...this is a milestone for Mama's too! When our children overcome fears and are looking ahead to the next accomplishment...well, it makes a Mama's heart sing!!!
I think your Nathan is growing up to be quite a man!!!
Is this the same girlfriend that Terry asked about?

Saija said...

loved your happy sharing!!! :o)

i'm just getting caught up with your most recent posts ...

blessings on ya!

Felisol said...

Dear Mrs. Mac,
I'm so happy on Nathan's behalf.
Some milestone!
I guess we outsiders will never know have of of these obstacles Nathan already has besieged.

He's not only a smiling, charming boy. He's a fighter too.
You all got every reason to be proud.
Maybe his girlfriend could motivate him to try a church visit?
After all he's reached that age where friends and belonging to a group counts for a lot.
Good luck to all of you.
From Felisol

Deb said...

WooHoo!!! This is cool news...as I continue to pray that you guys will be able to attend church together as I know it's your heart's desire! As your title says...All in good time....

Nathan rocks!

Jada's Gigi said...

This is wonderful! I know you are so proud of him!

MarmiteToasty said...

Brilliant, absolutely brill.....