I got some pleasant surprises.
Last night we had a group of Dinka (South Sudanese) friends over for dinner. We were a bit apprehensive, since Joey hadn’t met them before and unfamiliar groups can unsettle him.
Also, as we learned when he had a therapist from the UK, he finds accents amusing. He starts laughing and mimicking them. It cracked him up that the therapist, Mark, introduced himself as Mahk. Joey couldn’t get enough of saying Mr. Mahk. And laughing until he was short of breath. So we wondered what he might do with African-accented English.
Anyway, Joey was fine with our friends last night. He went on about his normal routines, didn’t stare or laugh, and wasn’t bothered in the least by the new people and voices.
Maybe he’s grown some more. Or maybe there’s something calming about the Dinka – our dog didn’t even bark at these first time visitors, and she barks at long time friends and family. She did, however, continue her cross-cultural dedication to mooching food and wanting her hindquarters scratched.
Another pleasant surprise showed up in a friend’s message on Facebook this morning. Check this out…
That’s right, Chuck E. Friggin’ Cheese! Sensory overload central, even for the neurotypical. I mean, it turns parents autistic after five minutes of exposure, right? This is amazing. I can’t imagine how they pull it off, but good on them for caring in this way.
We are in the season for surprises and gifts, it seems. May many wonderful blessings come your way.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone. (Isaiah 9:2)