Tuesdays With Tyler: Not to be Thrown Away

Tyler is a Spiderman freak and is pretty hard on Spidey and his villains.  All of them have held up pretty well except what he refers to as “Shiny Red Spiderman”, the one he plays with the most of course.  We’ve have to buy him a few Spidermans.

What happens to the figures is they begin to stretch at their joints and eventually a limb breaks off.  We have usually just thrown them away.  The other day a figure started to stretch. Tyler showed him to me and I started to walk him over to the garbage.  He said, “Mommy, could you not throw Shiny Red Spiderman away?  Can you just put him somewhere?  It would make me feel sad if we threw him away.”

I said, “Of course, honey” and put Spidey in one of his drawers.

Our exchange made me think of myself.  A mommy whom he loves, whose body has joint issues and a lot of other things wrong with it, with the possibility of more things going wrong in the future.  I was proud of my little boy, who is already so compassionate and loving that he could not allow his little damaged toy to be thrown away.

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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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