Marie and I attended a baby shower for a cousin today, and had a fabulous time. For an activity, they decorated baby onesies. Marie, who is very artistic with fabric paint, designed six. Each one had a fabulous design and appropriate wording-for HER. My favorite was a picture of the dad. She perfectly captured his beard, big, bright smile and curly hair. His blue eyes actually had a gleam in them, and his cheeks were pink with excitement. On it she wrote: “Happy daddy, baby boy yes”, replicating how the words are signed in ASL. This for a new dad who did not yet know the sex of his child!

Driving the 45 minutes to the restaurant, Marie was in charge of the GPS. She loves it when I give her this “job” because it keeps her active during the drive. Previously when riding in a car, Marie would try to sign to me, but I have to keep my eyes on the road and taking my hands off the wheel is problematic. The problem was solved by making her my navigational guru. She takes her job very seriously. She motions me into the proper travel lanes, and tells me when and where to turn. It is especially tricky when driving in a city as we were today. “In 2 tenths of a mile take a left.” Left here. she points. “In 4 tenths of a mile take a right”. Right there, she motions. We efficiently executed the twists and turns to perfection, and she was very proud of her directional skills when we arrived. Should I ever tell her that the GPS was also talking to me?????


Comments on: "Quick…Tell Me Where to Turn" (35)

  1. Sam Nelson said:

    This is such a cute post! Love the decorated onesies she made. Even if it’s a girl I’m sure the Dad will keep it because it’s so cute. Or she could have awesome intuition and it could be a boy. No I wouldn’t tell her the GPS was talking to you! She loves her job too much. This was so cute.

  2. How cute!! No, I say don’t tell her. 🙂

  3. No, don’t tell her. She may feel differently about her ‘job’ which gives her so much pleasure. 🙂

  4. notsoquietmomma said:

    That is adorable! My oldest has always been my gps guide even with the gps guiding us.I am really really really bad at directions!

  5. NO! Never tell her! Loved the post. You always make me feel like I am right there with you. My 17 year old granddaughter who suffers from Autism. The other day I kiddingly asked her, “Do you think I would look good with fire engine red hair like yours (she had dyed her’s)?” She was quiet for a moment, then replied, “I don’t think I should answer that.” I laughed and replied, “Why?” She said very seriously, “I don’t want to lie, but I also don’t want to be unkind.” For someone with Autism this was such a beautiful awareness. She has come a long, long way.

  6. I remember the first post when you decided it was safer to turn the GPS voice on 🙂 No, she does not need to know!!!! Love this.

  7. Nope, never needs to know. She seems to enjoy doing this job and is serious about it. It instill good work ethics. The onesies sound so cute. I’m assuming the Mom knows it’s a boy, but not the Dad. Maybe she’ll hide it until the big day so it remains a surprise.

  8. Naw, don’t mention the GPS!

  9. AdoptiveNYMomma said:

    Nope no need to tell. You have one first class navigator!!!

  10. I wouldn’t say a thing…let her take pride in her new found skill!

  11. sarcasticallywitty said:

    I love this post. I just imagined her sitting beside you in the car, all serious on the job at hand. I say let her be happy and don’t tell her.

  12. I love this post! lol 🙂

  13. This is awesome! Don’t you dare tell her. 😀

  14. This is my first time reading your blog, and already I have fallen in love with your family. You are all so precious. Thank you for sharing your love, and adopting children.
    No, don’t tell!

  15. I love it! You’re an amazing mother! Just hope no one else tells her!

  16. I really enjoyed this post! Cute:)

  17. No! Heaven forbid!

  18. Loved this, glad she loves helping you too!

  19. LOVE it!….and How True of ABILITIES few others recognize!

  20. manyofus1980 said:

    don’t tell her. she loves her job and it might ruin that for her. your posts are amazing and I just bought your book for my kindle. Looking forward to reading it. XX

  21. What a wonderful story!

  22. This post made me smile. I navigate my husband using the talkikng gps cause half the time he doesn’t catch what it says. Lol.

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  23. Even with a GPS, I find I frequently need help finding the actual turn, so even if Marie ever found out the GPS talks to you, you could tell her the truth that she is more efficient than the GPS. I’d love to see some of her artwork, by the way 🙂

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  25. Mommy’s little secret until she finds this blog. 😉 I love this! She is learning so much about directions and her surroundings all while being able to communicate something during a drive.

  26. Been working on getting back here for a visit, in fact, I didn’t erase the address from my history till I did. I relate to your thoughts very well, have a hearing impaired daughter, she graduated college, and is currently part of the local management of Good-Will, proud of her, as I know you are of yours. They are the beautiful people, in my book anyway. My daughter is a stubborn person, I think because she has won a lot of her battles, when people said she couldn’t. At any rate, your doing good, my best to all of you.

    • Your daughter sounds great! I love Goodwill and all of the work that they do. I take care of my shopping obsession by shopping there, where I can buy a lot of things for a little bit of money. My daughter is still in school, and I hope someday she will be able to work like your daughter.

  27. Your daughter does sound great. I’m loving your blog. You sound like a wonderful mother. And to your question — tell her someday. It would be better if she knew that as a grown up if say she were to set a boyfriends GPS and proceed to “help” unaware that the thing is talking.

  28. No, no don’t tell. 😀

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