“She had lost the art of conversation but not, unfortunately, the power of speech.” – George Bernard Shaw
At the age of three, Morgan’s functional speech was stolen by autism. She was left with empty repetitive words and phrases, and no ability to carry on a conversation. Here we are, two decades later, with something very BIG to celebrate! As she approaches birthday “Number 23!”, our girl is reclaiming that ability. Don’t get me wrong. She’s been speaking her mind for a few years now. What comes up, definitely comes out. 😉 But recently, I’ve seen her taking the next step. She’s beginning to realize that true conversation, like a good dance, takes Two to Tango.
Pictured above: Morgan & Mom Chicken Dance at last year’s Project 22 event
Last Friday, after work, Morgan and I dropped by my parents house to say hello. From another room, I heard her telling Mamaw about her morning. “Worked hard at Lenny’s today Mamaw. Whew-ee, it’s a busy long day!” 😉 My mom said, “Oh, you must be tired.” Morgan replied with an additional sigh; “Oh dear, I’m tired Mamaw.”
Later that afternoon, we were helping friends at Project 22. They are a local organization that provides numerous activities to engage young adults with disabilities. A few of us volunteered to help decorate the gym for Saturday’s Halloween dance. I had told Morgan, ahead of time, that we would need her help too. We’d be setting up tables, and we’d need her to help set out chairs, table clothes, and decorations. She was all about it!
As we passed Morgan the chairs, she counted out loud “One, two, three, …” lining them up, and double checking their positions. She pointed to one of the parent volunteers, and said; “What’s your name?” Cheryl replied, then Morgan continued; “Cheryl, working hard, lots of chairs everywhere!” She hung in there until the job was done, tablecloths and all, then sat patiently while other preparations were being discussed. We left with a hardy “Goodbye friends! See ya next time!”
At the dance Saturday evening, Morgan grabbed a couple of friendly ghosts to discuss Octobery stuff.
This year’s Project 22 Halloween Dance
Small talk is NO small thing. I believe this calls for a Happy Dance!
Until Next Time,
Know The Hope!