So, this morning Sam spilled his cup of water all over the floor. Obviously, that's not why I'm so excited. I'm excited at the way he responded to having made the mess.
I made pancakes for breakfast this morning. Sam had finished eating a while ago and his empty plate and water cup were sitting on the counter. Apparently he decided he wanted more pancake, and in the process of putting more on his plate, he knocked his water cup to the floor. Water went everywhere.
Just a week or two ago, his typical response would've been to holler, hop from one foot to the other, and bang his hands over his ears. He would've then gotten angry and said, "I'm gonna HIT the cup!"
Today, however, he said, "Oh Momma, I made a mess! I didn't mean to do it." I said, "I know Sam. Was it an accident?" He said, "Yes Momma, it was an accident. I wanted more pancake. Will you forgive me?"
Read that twice...I was here to see and hear it and I still don't believe it. I have to read it twice because it just doesn't seem possible.
Yes, Sam will still have meltdowns on occasion and still doesn't like large groups of people, but it's these small improvements that just blow me away. For most people, this incident would've been NOTHING, but to me it is an awesome, amazing, monumentous improvement.
So, I'm so very grateful that Sam spilled water all over the floor today.