I spent most of Saturday with Bucket. Missy was at driver's ed and Tiger was earning money by clearing out Mr. R's garage. When I get Bucket alone, he yakks my head off about video games, girls he likes, stuff he wants. I try to listen and not comment too often; I like that he trust me enough to talk that much. I truly think back to times when doctors told me he would never speak, and now I can't get him to SHUT UP.
Most people would not give a second thought to letting a 13 year old boy do certain things, but I still have to think carefully about what he can do. Yesterday, we tried two new things: I had cash to pay for fuel, so I told him to go inside and pay for it. I told him how to walk up to the register and say "$30 on pump six." And he did it! I could tell how pleased he was with himself, so then I let him pump the fuel into my car. He told me that pumping fuel was "man's work" and he did a great job.
Then we went to my mom's house later to pick up a sweatshirt my mom had ordered for Christmas for Missy; it was the wrong size so she sent it back and now it fits. My dad was working on a puzzle and I cannot believe how quickly Bucket honed in on it. My poor dad; he didn't get to finish the puzzle. Bucket loved working on it and my dad, in his wisdom, kicked back and let him finish it. I looked over and him and whispered "Sorry about the puzzle!" and he winked at me and said, "watching this is better." Now I'm thinking I may purchase some puzzles to work on. Tiger loved it too and here I am thinking they've outgrown this kind of thing. Guess I was wrong!
Time for me to get ready for church; getting the boys up is like torture. I just wanted to write this down because I had such a great day with Bucket. He really is an awesome kid!