I just experienced a miracle – right in my own home.
I know it’s not Tuesday, and I usually don’t post at all on Wednesdays, but I needed to share this.
We just went through a very common occurrence in our household. Yes, it involved screaming, but what was different, is how it played out. It was nothing less than a miracle.
My Nine-year-old came home from school today with a toy he received for something outstanding he’d done in class. He was quite tickled with the prize, and loved the new toy.
My youngest loved the new toy too, and they both were playing nicely with it. (Yes, a recipe for disaster, but I can’t not let them play together, can I?)
Anyway, long story short, my nine-year-old suddenly shrieks “He broke it!” and the tears started to flow. I run to the scene of the crime, to see my youngest staring at the mess he’d made. I could tell by the look on his face that he was stunned. He had no intention of breaking the toy.
I immediately tried to defuse the impending breakdown by saying “I don’t think he did that on purpose.”
As I tried to calm the older child down, my youngest grabbed his head and started screaming and running up and down the hallway upstairs howling at the top of his lungs.
I had no idea what to do about that, so I consoled the older boy, saying that I didn’t think his brother meant to break it, and told him that his brother would buy him a new one. He was sad, but okay with that. I asked him for the wrapper so I could figure out where it came from, and while he was doing that, I reached for the phone to call the “help line” to find out what to do about the meltdown upstairs.
That’s when the miracle happened. I suddenly realized it was quiet, and then I heard murmurings from the front hallway. I peeked around the corner to see my sons hugging, and the older boy saying. “I understand, and thanks.”
I watched as my youngest walked away. My nine-year-old approached me, wiping a tear from his eye, and said, “He gave me his harmonica.”
My jaw hit the floor as he held up the little purple instrument. You need to understand that the harmonica is so important to my youngest that it might as well be plated in gold. That was HIS recent present from school for being good. He SLEPT WITH THE DERN THING!
I said, “[Dude] do you realize how huge that was? He loves that thing.”
He nodded. “Yeah, Mom. He also said he was really sorry.”
Do you wanna read that again? I do.
“He also said he was really sorry.”
My youngest slunk in the other door, and I showered him with hugs, and made sure he knew what a great job he’d done.
If you have a “normal” child you might not understand this… but this little boy with extreme problem-solving abilities just stopped freaking out on his own, and problem-solved that his brother was very sad, and found a way to cheer his brother up… as well as agreeing to replace the broken toy.
Unbelievable. I feel like God has reached out and touched my house.
Did you hear that sniff? Yeah, I’m crying right now.
Our Journey with the Total Transformation:
Week One post #1
Week Three Post #4
Week Four Post #5
- Dealing with a child with behavioral issues: Our family’s journey with The Total Transformation program (paulaacton.com)
- How to Talk to Your 2nd Grader (education.com)