She was excited to find a small jewelry box made out of card stock and decorated with colored crepe paper. When she opened the top, there was a picture of Whitney inside the lid and a necklace made of yarn, pasta and other assorted materials.
Melanie decided to wear her Mother's Day necklace on several occasions in the following days. At one point Whitney came up to her, pointed at the necklace then pointed at herself. At first Melanie, thought that Whitney was trying to tell Melanie that the necklace belonged to her. Then it occurred to her the message Whit was really trying to get across:
"I made that for you, Mommy." Melanie asked Whitney if that's what she meant and Whitney proudly clapped to confirm it. I was amazed.
Here is a little girl that the doctors told us would never speak, or be able to learn much of anything in her lifetime. And already, in a little over four years, she can show her love for others by making and giving them gifts. Even better, she's begun to understand what it means to give a gift to someone you love.
Happy Belated Mother's Day!