I know I promised I wouldn’t continue dwelling on speech impediments, but we had a day of exploration last weekend. We went to the Sea Center which is out on the Santa Barbara Pier. Then we rode on Little Toot which is a very kid friendly water taxi that runs between the pier and the harbor every half hour. It is a priceless ride, even though it costs a whole dollar per kid. And it is even more meaningful to us because “Captain Fred”, the illustrious ship’s captain has known Zach since he was younger than Sam. Keep in mind this “ship” is no larger than a Hummer. Throughout our adventures that day and for the past few weeks we have gathered several Sam-speaks which need to be acknowledged. We pretended to be a rocketship zooming through a bunch of “Pooky Tars”, and then at the aquarium they all got to touch the “Keh-Wee Shawks”. Lunch was “Dewicious”, and the big boys are still “Ackie” and “Zeeka”. Finally, he has this one phrase that he pronounces perfectly, but has become his “Ah, Bach…” for any of you that remember M.A.S.H. When I tell him something, whether it is that we are having PB&J for lunch or that there is life on Mars, he comes back with a calm and collected—”Oh, I see.”
I don’t have any profound sum up for this one. Just so relieved to have made it successfully through the end of the school year. Next September, for a whole three months, I will be bussing kids to just ONE school. I am in heaven. No, really, I am in heaven. I can’t imagine my world any other way, and there is something so empowering about being grateful for nearly every aspect of your life. Gratitude is a major healing element in our lives.