Monday, February 24, 2014

Thankful for Allie's School

Allie loves school. She likes riding the bus to school. She loves arriving at school. Allie loves her teachers. And they love her. So I love them.

They make sure Allie has plenty to do every day. One of the things they have her class involved in is a garden out behind her classroom.

If you look closely at the tray attached to Allie's chair, you'll see a large red disc. That's a button. When Allie pushes the button, she waters the plants.

Allie lets everybody know how excited she is to be outside in the garden with the power to water plants at her fingertips.

Another day out in the garden with one of Allie's favorite teacher's aide's.

Ready. Set. Spray.

Today Allie stands and helps water the plants growing our behind her classroom.

You can't believe how this makes my heart explode to watch her stand tall with assistance and enjoy doing some work.

Susan and I were reflecting over the weekend on some of the initial predictions about how life was going to be for Allie. One doctor was always particularly negative. When Allie was in a coma, he told me not to expect her to ever emerge from the coma. When she did come out of the coma, he told me to never expect that she would be much more than a vegetable. As Allie showed more and more promise, he expressed, reluctantly it seemed, surprise, but he told us to expect to have serious behavioral issues.

Allie continues to grow and exceed all anyone ever expected from her life. Her behavior is continually joy-filled expressions of affection and contagiously positive personality. I wish that doctor could see her now.