"Jonny, why don't you get off the computer now? You have been on long enough. Go do something else."
"Okay Mom, but I just have to finish this first because the levels are hecka, hecka, hecka long."
I gave him the look.
"Okay. I mean they are just hecka long."
I was driving Alex to his renal ultrasound appointment when we saw a train. Alex was excited, of course.
"Mom can I make train noise?"
"Yea sure Alex. Choo- choo!"
The next thing I knew Alex opened the door wide open as I was driving down the highway at freeway speeds.
"What?!!! Close that door-- now!" I screamed as I slowed down to pull over.
It took Alex a few seconds to process my command. He didn't even realize the danger he was in. I honestly don't know what was going through his head. I think I was more shaken (or is it shook) up than him at the end of it. As I drove to the appointment, I was thanking God that he was okay. I also thanked Him for answering my prayer. With Alex, I have never been quite sure about his actual ability to understand things. Every once in a while I expect him to "really" get it and find myself disappointed when he doesn't... and sometimes mad that he is "pretending" not to get it. I am sure you can imagine the frustration this brings upon the both of us-- especially me. So I prayed that God would show me in some way what are reasonable expectations of my son. I think He just did.
And for some reason this brings a big sigh of relief to me. He wasn't pretending. He is just being himself. The best little self he can be!
Oh... and great news! The tech did not see any sign of kidney reflux! I know that she isn't the final say, but to hear her say that his kidneys looked perfectly fine to her was music to my ears!