Caleb recently shared some things on his mind. It was sad to see him upset, but I was more grateful to know his feelings. It’s been something I’ve fished for many times unsuccessfully. I think it has a lot to do with Caleb’s maturity; he’s beginning to not only formulate these thoughts, but also express them. Even so, I’m not sure when or if they would have come out if not for the You Can Do This Project, so again I give my applause and thanks to Kim.
If you missed the video from my guest post at What Some Would Call Lies, here it is:
Speaking of Kim, while in Florida, in between sessions with a rare moment to “hang” with Kim and Sara, I turned to Caleb and said, “Do you know who Kim is?” Since I’m the one who “knows” these people and Caleb has only a peripheral understanding of whom each is, I tried to make correlations for him whenever I could. I was pleasantly surprised at his response: “Kim Vlasnik?” My reply, “Yes, but do you know what she started?” A pensive pause and then, “Oh, the You Can Do This Project?” Yes sir!
The other day when it was time to change his Pod and we realized it was the back’s “turn”, I asked Caleb if he wanted to do it by himself. He eagerly agreed. Despite the worries he expressed in the video, he was fairly confident. He wasn’t sure that he could actually apply it to his back though, so I suggested doing a trial run with the adhesive backing still on. He did this. Easily. His confidence was boosted. A few moments later, the whole thing was done and he was literally bursting with pride. Okay – not literally bursting – but that’s sure what it felt like.
He was disappointed that we didn’t capture it on video. We did, however, capture his reaction immediately afterward. My only coaching to him was to be enthusiastic like Bill is in his videos (and in real life too for that matter). The result is that it comes across a little scripted, but it isn’t. This is what burst out of him when I said, “action.” He was, and still is, so happy he was able to do this.
Fear one conquered!