Perhaps I just needed to get a few frustrations off my chest in last night’s post in order to see more clearly again. Because today, I was able to recognize improvements in Vernon.
Justine has been able to accompany me on visits more frequently, and I can see that their relationship is strengthening. He is much more engaged with her than he was even a couple of weeks ago. She keeps trying to get him to make up songs (her favorite new hobby) and today, she even got him to attempt a game of catch with a soccer ball. It didn’t go well, but it happened!
A high point today: Vernon going over Justine’s folder of take home work from her year Pre-K year so far. It was almost like they were sharing a moment that could have been at home.
I think he looks much more steady and focused. (My videography skills, not so much.)
Vernon told us a story about how some little girl had given him a pair of socks this morning with his name on them. He kept saying how weird it was that she knew his name. I was sure he was fantasizing again.
But then when an aide moved him from his lounger to a wheelchair, a pile of socks fell out….all with his name on them. Apparently some school children had come by to sing carols in the morning and had given everyone socks as gifts. That put me in my place!
I already mentioned Justine trying to get her dad to make up songs with her. The other day, he sang Christmas Day, Christmas Lunch on repeat for a a few bars, which was pretty impressive at the time. But today, he broke out with his own version of The Little Drummer Boy.
Maybe he’ll be ready to have a go at Monday Morning Karaoke soon. Anything is possible…Vernon is proving that for sure!