I never thought I would loose sleep over Isaac starting something like Vacation Bible School. But I have.
Sunday night, I woke up three times, and each time, my eyelids would flip open like pop can tops. I would think about how he would do in the large auditorium with screaming, excited children...and flash back to just last year when the noise was impossible for him to take when we would drop Ethan off with his teammates. Don't worry, Christa...he'll be fine...he's come a long way...
But have I?
The wonderful people at Parkside Church who run this amazing program for kids did everything possible to help Isaac adjust. When I registered the boys, and indicated Isaac's delays, they called me and personally asked what they could do to help him with transitions. (I can't tell you how wonderful that made me feel...just to hear someone ask what they can do for Isaac...it's like my brain can take a huge sigh of relief). "Would Isaac do better with a special helper?" I could feel my eye brows furrow at the term "special helper," but after thinking for a moment, I said, "You know what, it would probably help give him a point of reference when he does get overwhelmed."
This special helper's name, I was told, is Logan.
When Isaac and Logan met, they couldn't have been more opposite. Logan is a tall, glasses wearing, sweet tempered and soft spoken young high school freshman. At first, I thought the match wouldn't work. How would this mild mannered kid keep Isaac focused? Turns out, they were a perfect fit.
This was the second full day of VBS for the kids, and Isaac has Logan as a buddy. They run errands together, just to help Isaac get refocused for a team activity or a longer sit-down-and-focus time. Logan talked to Isaac like every other child, and without being loud or obnoxious, he has gained Isaac's trust with softness and kindness. He didn't mind that Isaac's normal tone of voice is louder than most--he spoke with an even level sound and it helped Isaac reign himself in. I even watched as Isaac played with Logan in the classroom (okay, I snuck a peek or two) while the other kids ran and conversed...Isaac was content for time alone with his big new friend. I made a mental note of this: Isaac will need one trustworthy, soft-spoken, kind and gentle best friend as opposed to lots and lots of acquaintances like his big brother, Ethan. This is how Isaac will thrive in a big world.
Thanks, Logan, for being an example of friendship to Isaac, and for giving me just one view of how Isaac will thrive in the years to come.
I can sleep peacefully tonight.