Gabriel surprises me, every day.
Make no mistake, this is not because I undervalue my son's remarkable abilities, but because I never know when certain occurrences will happen (bye-bye milestone charts).
And, boy, when they happen, they are deliciously glorious!
As most of you know, Gabriel is classified as non-verbal (although his daddy and I prefer the term "pre-verbal"). This means, although he repeats words, some clear and some not, there is no actual, fluent, contextual, exchange of conversation - well, not that we can always decipher.
But today Gabriel surprised me. Big. Time.
As I do each morning, I leaned down, hugged my champion and said "I love you" as I was heading off to work.
Immediately he responded, "luf yoo oo" (love you too).
Yup, you read correctly - my son told me, for the 1st time ever, as clear as day, that he loves me too.
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I shrieked, "thank you my boy!"
A smile, bigger then I have ever seen, emerged on Gabriel's face. He probably thought, 'finally, my old lady understands!' ;)
How did it make me feel? After waiting 5 years to hear those words I felt like
I'd won the lotto, while covered in puppies, watching the emotional rollercoaster movie, What Dreams May Come!
In other words, the best feeling in the world - EVER!