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Monday, March 14, 2011

A B C D E

I have stated many times that I miss Waverly's voice.  She used to love to sing and had memorized the lines to her favorite books.  I love the song "Miracle Drug" by U2.  One of the parts that speaks so deeply to me is, "I want to trip inside your head and spend the day there.  To hear the things you haven't said and see what you might see.  I want to see your thoughts take shape and walk right out.  The songs are in your eyes.  I see them when you smile."  I am so thankful we video taped her, although it wasn't enough.  

***Take note fellow Sanfilippo families with younger children.  Video tape them more often!!!***

Well this afternoon, on the plane to MN, Waverly surprised us by singing.  It has been many long months since she has said anything.  And then all of a sudden, clear as day, we heard, "A B C D E".  My head snapped around and I asked Matt if I actually heard what I thought I heard.  We both had tears in our eyes. What a precious gift.  Deep within her mysterious little brain, she pulled out 5 little letters.  5 notes in a simple song.  It was amazing.  And as quickly as it came, it went.  We have been singing it to her non-stop.  I am not sure if she will ever do it again, but I was so thankful for the reminder that she is still there.  I always knew she was, but it was nice for the little gift of her big voice.

3 comments:

Carrie said...

A very precious gift. 5 years ago, I had a student with autism who spoke only 1 or 2x a year. It would be a simple "Hi" or once it was "leave me alone". But no matter what he said it was always treasured. His Mom said that he stopped saying words at age 2 and has continued that pattern ever since then- he was 8 at the time.

camille said...

What an amazing gift!! LOVE LOVE LOVVVE THIS!

Anonymous said...

With tears in my eyes all I can say is beautiful post.
Jen L