Just like a birth child, there is a joyful thrill to the soul of every adoptive parent when the treasure they bring home experiences a “first”.
Which reminds me, I had to take Vern somewhere the other day in Dw’s little car. I put the windows down (love my Arizona!) and he was leaning, with his head almost out the window with the beautiful breeze whipping against his cheeks (we weren’t anywhere near traffic)…and he was laughing and saying, “Wooooooow! Cooooool!” Definitely a first, for sure!!
And then yesterday there were a bunch of firsts. So thankful for cell phones that can capture it all! We had been invited to a farm to celebrate the birthday of Ruby’s friend, Patrick, and on our way I realized that Vern and Pearl had likely never been up close to farm animals…. I couldn’t wait to see what Vern and Pearl thought of it all.
As for Pearl, she seemed completely unimpressed as she was all about her squeaky shoes. She walked head down most of the time watching her feet, with each step she took, making the most amazing squeak! Gotta’ love those China squeaky shoes!! And don’t kid yourself, as annoying
and obnoxious as the squeak could potentially be, they actually help us keep track of her – so the squeaky-squeakers are here to stay!
But Vern’s “firsts” did not disappoint…
Vern asked, “Mom! What is THAT?” when he saw the goats. “Let’s go inside and see!”
(Get it?? Kidding? My father-in-love, who Vern was named after, was the king of puns…and I can just see him beaming ear-to-ear with that one!) For our ever-smiling guy this picture still makes me giggle. Mrs. Goat was definitely getting in Vern’s space.
We moved on to the horses…and oh me, oh my!! As our faithful God could only orchestrate there happened to be a big-burly guy named Ron working there…and Ron was more than willing to help Vern have a first-ever horse ride….and that big guy just scooped him up and carried him over…
Can you see Vern’s grin as Ron set him on the horse?? His eyes have completely disappeared!! I think he was beside himself.
Patrick’s mommy, Shelby, told me that when they were planning the birthday party Patrick asked, “Can Ruby come?” And that thought still makes my eyes well with tears. Ruby’s friend Patrick most definitely wanted her at his party…
Ruby always puts her hand up when she says, “Hiiiiii!” and kind of hides her face shyly. She loves her friend Patrick and was so excited that we were going to his birthday party. The look on Patrick’s face is so precious.