Something remarkable happened yesterday. Jacob made it clear that he has his very first BFF.
Jacob rarely expresses interest in people. We always get pumped up when he requests someone because its such a rare event. Sometimes he asks for Mommy or Ms. Misti or Daddy, but once he sees them it is a short lived excitement. My sister-in-law always gets so excited when Jacob runs up to her to give her even a quick hug. He just isn't that in to people. He fixates on certain items or toys that holds his interest at that specific moment. He loves electronics, but he just doesn't care much about having friends yet. That's pretty much what autism looks like for many people.
Lately, however, Jacob has been requesting his old therapist Summerr. Words cannot describe the type of therapist she was to Jacob. I've been told that sometimes therapists/students bond a little more with particular teachers/children they work with and this was no exception with her and Jakey. He instantly loved her, her energy, her silliness, her singing. She is a special person through and through. But as our lives changed, we had to switch therapy companies and no longer could keep Summerr on with us. I am pretty sure I cried for a month about it. Summerr brought out a silliness in Jacob that we had never seen, she got him to say things we never could, she played games with him that he refused with others. She was just that good.
The other day I called Summerr and asked her to babysit because Jacob has not stopped requesting her. A human. He was requesting a particular human over and over. I mean, this is big. So she agreed and what happened was simply magical to me.
Jacob was playing on Cret's IPhone as she pulled up. Anyone who knows Jacob, knows that getting him to voluntarily give up an electronic doesn't happen. As she walked up, I yelled to Jacob, "Summerr is here!" He instantly dropped the phone and ran to the front door with a smile I have rarely seen on his face, and never about a person. He waited until she came in and gave her a huge hug and kisses. Then as I showed her around he ran into the game room to grab his giant old therapy table and tried to lift it up to bring it to her, as if he wanted to get right back to work with her (because that's where they always used to play). I don't know, maybe its just me, but moms who have kids in therapy all day know they don't usually request more therapy. LOL So, it just continued from there. He rode on her shoulders and would keep looking down at her face to make sure it was still her. He kissed on her and read to her and made her play with him. He even snuggled with her at bedtime and Jordan said she saw him grab Summerr's hand. It was his first time ever to play with a friend for longer than 2 seconds. My heart is so full I could just explode.
So, his BFF happens to be 23 and I happen to be really excited about it. I know most moms wouldn't want their child's best friend to be an adult, but I guess sometimes that's what autism looks like. It is different, it's challenging, it's special, and it's so rewarding. I am so thankful that the Lord put this wonderful woman in our lives and that she loves Jakey so much.
God, thank you for therapists and special education teachers that truly invest their lives in these precious kids. Raise up more teachers who genuinely care because they make such a difference. Thank you for Summerr. Please continue to bless her life as she blesses others.