For those of you that read my photoblog, you’ll know that today’s entry for my 365 project is also this photo.
There is a great story behind this photo, so now it’s also my entry for this week’s Photostory Friday.
Taylor is autistic. Her autism has severely delayed many of her cognitive and social skills. She speaks very little. For Taylor, even the smallest achievement is huge.
On with my story: Yesterday, I was at home with just my girls when Emma told me she wanted an ice cream cone. It sounded good to me and I knew that Taylor would want one, so I was off to the kitchen to make ice cream cones.
Normally, I would make a small one for Emma and a larger one for myself that I would share with Taylor. See, Taylor is still developing in the whole feeding herself area. She tends to eat too much too fast and is known for making her share of messes.
I don’t know why, but at that particular moment, I had an idea. Make Taylor a small cone. A really small cone. And see what happens.
That’s exactly what I did.
As you can see from the photo, she loved it. Yeah, she made a little bit of a mess. But in all reality, I think she did better than Emma.
This was a big accomplishment for her.
Some may think “Ok lady, it was only an ice cream cone.”
I don’t see it that way.
I see it as a little girl, trapped within herself, slowly breaking free.
Another step towards independence and a better life.
UPDATED: Taylor lost her second tooth! Read about it here.