Every week we go to church and every week we ask Eph the same question, “what did you talk about tonight?.” And, every week we get the same answer, “I don’t know.” For Eph that is a pretty honest answer. Sitting in a class room and having someone tell things to him is not the way he learns. Eph is a very strong kinesthetic learner. At school and at home we have incorporated several tactile activities into his learning routine, but at church he doesn’t have the same additional support so the “learning” that takes place is often interrupted by every distraction in the room.
That is until last night. While the church obviously has no idea what a difference there “activities” made, last night when I walked into the room and saw Eph painted like a lion, I knew instantly that he learned something. It was a BIG step for my sensory sensitive son to allow all of that weird texture to be put on his face. But like Eph, he had to go ALL OUT. No little tiny bug on one cheek. He had been transformed into a full fledged lion.
On our drive home, Lu was fussing and they were roaring back and forth with one another. Curious, I said to Eph, “Can you tell sissy about your story tonight?” Instantly he lit up like an actor on stage and began to tell sis all about Daniel and the Lion’s Den.
When we got home, I had Eph make a little movie [as he calls them] with his adorable painted face and the classic story of how courageous Daniel was. Here is his movie…
While Eph is just a painted lion, by allowing the paint, sitting still long enough for them to finish and learning this valuable lesson, I saw a courage of a different type in Eph tonight. I give thanks to God for letting me love a little lion and look forward to watching him take more courageous steps with God.
How are your kids courageous?