I commented on fellow mom-blogger Kristy's FTSF post this morning and I thought I had it all figured out. If I had a magic wand, I would fix all of the things that make Patty different than other kids her age. There wouldn't be a lot of things to fix, but there would be a few. Just wave that wand and take away all those little things that make life a little bit more difficult for her to navigate. Then, as we waited for the elevator at therapy this afternoon, I had a wake up call.
You see, Patty, as loving and caring as you'll ever want, never meets a stranger and talks to just about everyone when she has a chance. Today, she started a conversation with a little lady waiting for the elevator, too. Come to find out this lady was accompanying her caregiver to the doctor. They got separated and the lady didn't know where to find her friend. When we climbed onto the elevator she asked me to phone her friend. Well, the friend didn't answer and I couldn't just leave her on the elevator. So, Patty and I took her floor by floor in search of her friend. Of course, we found her in the last place we looked. ;-}
But, after our little adventure, I wondered if my imaginary "fixed" version of Patty would have struck up a conversation with this little lady in need of someones help? Actually, we wouldn't even have been there if Patty were just a regular kid. Remember, we were on our way to therapy when we met this lady. So, I kind of gave myself a mental slap for ever considering waving my magic wand at Patty. Why would I ever want to change who my perfect little darling is?