My knee jerk response was to tell him that God made each one of us to have special gifts and challenges. And, although I may not always know how to help him with his struggles, I promised to be tireless in my search to find someone who could.
That evening I contacted my friend to see if her son, Ross, could come over to hang out with Noah. Although he is 2 ½ years younger than Noah, it’s a good match as Ross has similar interests and both boys fall somewhere on the awesome spectrum.
Ross was over the moon to see Noah…so much so he made him a card. On the inside of the card he wrote, "I really like you and I am playing the Wii and I like skating with you. I really like spending time with you."
|Front of Card|
|Back of Card|
On the car ride over Noah said, “Ross, I organized my room to make it easier for us to play in."
(Hmmm...not a typical way for a 9 year old to start up a convo, but Ross didn't seem to notice. And, by "I" I think Noah meant "my mom" but no need to get picky with the details.)
A short time after we arrived at our place, Ross asked me if he could come back to our house in 7 days.
(I think my heart grew 3 sizes.)
Although the two boys see each other very infrequently, they quickly began talking “LEGO shop” and then settled in on a game of R2D2 Trouble. Next, they decided to play the Wii.
Noah asked Ross, “Would you like me to put them in two rows or three rows?”
“Two rows,” replied Ross.
Apparently, Noah not only thought it necessary to remove each and every Wii game from the T.V. cabinet, he also believed it best to carefully place them into rows, prior to making a game selection. But, the best part was that Ross was completely onboard with the protocol.
A few minutes into playing on the Wii, Noah announced that he was going to play in his room by himself and Ross didn't seem concerned at all. However, I told both boys that they could spend 15 minutes doing their own thing, but then they’d have to find something to do together. Both agreed without complaint and went on to enjoy a lightsaber duel and a few games of LEGO Ninjago.
I love it when a plan comes together.