Tuesdays With Tyler: The Selflessness of Children

A couple of things I have learned from our current situation is how observant and caring children can be.

Tyler gets “doctor prizes” or “dentist prizes”  because of how hard it is for him to make it through the appointments.  We find that having the gift in front of him, his “eye on the prize”, makes appointments go much smoother.

We usually visit Target for the toys and whenever we come upon anything Hello Kitty, Tyler wants me to buy the toy for myself since he knows I love her.  I usually say things like, “Mommy has all she needs” or “Maybe another time” and we get his prize and go.

One day when we were shopping for him he said, “Mommy, how come you never buy yourself anything any more?” I was stunned but said, “Because I don’t really need anything, honey.”  “When I come home I’m going to make you a Hello Kitty out of Lego!”  He was so excited but I knew that he would have trouble making her, between so little Legos and none of Hello Kitty’s colors.

After about twenty minutes of trying he came over to me.  “Mommy, I wasn’t able to make a Hello Kitty out of my Legos but I want you to have this.”  He put his little Batman villain Joker in my hands and said, “Is it alright if we can pretend that he is Hello Kitty?”  I felt like crying over how sweet and caring he was.  I accepted his gift happily.

“Let’s play Hello Kitty!”, he said, as he picked out other small figures to be Hello Kitty’s Mommy, Daddy and friend.

The next time I was in the store with him he said, “Mommy, will you please buy yourself a Hello Kitty toy?”

And this time, I did.

Photo Credit:  Sanrio.com  


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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

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