We know Ryan has trust issues. That’s one of the reasons we began unschooling in the first place so we could try and build the trust between us. Then, if you read one of my recent posts about the “incident” it was obvious that there was still a lot of work to be done. Well yesterday, something monumental occurred and it felt like a sign that maybe things are getting better.
My sister and her adorable daughter, Makena came over yesterday morning and we all trekked down to the neighborhood park. While we were there, all three of them were playing on the slides, swings, etc when Makena decided she wanted to go down the fireman’s pole. I was right there so I reached up for her and she reached back and allowed me to help her slide down the pole. Something clicked in Ryan’s head because he has always wanted to go down the pole (his big bro does it) but he has always been too terrified to do it even with assistance. Once he saw that I didn’t drop Makena on her head, he decided to have faith in me and asked me to help him down the pole. Of course, I obliged. He was SO excited!! He jumped up and down and was ready to do it on his OWN.
Here he goes!
he did it!!!! I was so excited that I didn’t get the shot of him at the bottom. He was so thrilled and proud of himself that he did it a few more times and it made me feel so good to see him so happy with his accomplishment. Now, I know this doesn’t mean that all is totally copasectic but I do have great hope that it’s indicative of his desire to make things better and to allow us to help him. He has never done that before.