Today is October 20, 2015. Ryan was laying in bed and I was in the office working. After 20 minutes of silence, Ryan calls over to me and says: “Daddy – would you mind writing about this day in my Footprint?” My heart melted. I am more than honored to do that for you Ryan.
Today was a great day for him. It was the first day he tried a new after school activity. A science program for an hour which will be going on for the next several weeks, once a week on Tuesdays. He fought tooth and nail not wanting to do this. But we convinced him to try it. And it helped that his friend Nathaniel was also attending the program. It turns out that Ryan loved it (which of course we knew you would Ryan!!!). They made some kind of slime, and he really enjoyed the time there.
Once the after-school event was over, we went to Imagination Zone and met Nathaniel and his family there. They all played for a good hour. Then they had some pizza and Ryan playing the bowling game. He got a few tickets and requested a lolly pop and small eraser. But what he REALLY wanted was a dinosaur which was in one of those drop-claw games. I told him maybe next time and expressed that he should just appreciate what he has instead of getting upset that he wants more.
His friend Nathaniel and his dad had played the game and won a dinosaur. You could tell Ryan was upset, but we helped him through it and started saying our goodbyes for the evening. As we were leaving, Nathaniel came up to Ryan and gave him the dinosaur he just won. When we asked why, he said ‘because I want to’.
This absolutely made Ryan’s night. He was soooo happy, and we were blown away with his generous act. The night ended at home reading a chapter from Club CSI and watching an episode of Knight Rider. It really was the perfect day.