Last Updated on February 14, 2012
What was I thinking?
Have you ever let your desire to buy your child a fun gift overcome your good sense? As I have written about many times before, I have a little problem with housework. It overwhelms me. My house and car seem to stay in a constant state of disaster, even though that is the opposite of my desire. I really was a neat person once upon a time. But not anymore.
I have taken many steps to remedy this issue, including getting rid of a lot of the messiest toys we own. So why did I buy a package of 100 ball-pit balls for my youngest daughter for Christmas? I imagined those little balls in their little tent — a lovely sensory activity for my autistic child when she needs to decompress. Wrong! Most of the balls have never seen the inside of that tent, and the ones that did were in and out so fast they never knew what hit them. Instead, they are a waterfall down the stairs, an ocean on the floor, and a object to trip me when it’s dark. I wonder why I do it to myself.
But then I think about how quickly childhood passes. True, my autistic daughter has moved through developmental stages much slower than her older sister, but still. I won’t always have balls all over the house. I won’t always have doll clothes, either. What I will have are memories, so … viva la waterfalls!
Jennifer Dyer has an M.S. in Communications Disorders, which served her well in her professional career as a speech-language pathologist. Never did she imagine that her education and career were God’s way of preparing her to be a mom to her own daughter with autism. Today, she enjoys reaching out to other families who face similar diagnoses. As a cancer survivor, carpet-cleaning veteran, and originator of the “Messy House Ministry,” Jennifer feels blessed to share joy, peace, and humor with others facing life’s challenges. She is mom to two beautiful daughters and is thankful to be raising them, serving other families with unique needs, and using her gift of writing and speaking to minister to others. Jennifer is also the author of a youth fiction book series and is trusting God with His timing on publication. Jennifer has been a mom for 11 years. She and Brandon have been married for 13 years.