Looking back seven or eight months ago I was concerned Nash was having issues with his speech. This was not some insecurity born from my own crazed anxieties but from an Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) evaluation, we had just completed. During these evaluations a speech therapist must always be present, she/he will carry out multiple age-appropriate tests on your child to see where exactly they may be on the developmental scale. One of the questions that arose at this time was “Did Nash know and use 15 to 20 words in his speech?”. At the time I could barely count 5 words that he knew but I wasn’t particularly worried about it until it was pointed out that he should probably know more.
I have no idea what I was worried about, fast forward 8 months and the kid never stops talking. What I love about the way he talks is it is really slow and quite thoughtful not at all like the way I talk. My words spill out of my mouth in a jumbled, hurried, excited mess most of the time. Not long ago Nash said two statements to me which I thought was pretty profound. The first statement was “I can’t see well from here”. Now, this statement truly blew my mind. We have never heard Nash vocalize anything about his vision. Everything we know about his vision is from the tests and observations done by his Ophthalmologist. The sad thing about this statement was Nash was wearing his glasses when he said it. So if he can’t see the tv screen clearly from 10 feet away with his negative 6 prescription glasses how bad is his eyesight?
The second statement Nash said to me on that day was “It’s not fair”. Kind of ironic really. All I can tell you, kid, is your right sometimes life isn’t fair. As someone said once, somewhere “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
Or like Ron White says ” I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade….and try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party”.
Featured image – Black and white image of Nash staring closely with head down at a book he is holding, the image is courtesy of Masami Photography.