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Old 09-14-2006, 11:03 PM   #741
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A fellow employee at the bank has a 19 year old son with Down Syndrome. His name is Tom. Tom works at the bank 5 days a week for a couple hours during the summer & a couple days a week during the school year. He goes around to the different departments & collects Inter-Office mail in his cart, then takes it up to the mail room. He can't handle anything too complicated. His mom says that his intelligence is around the level of a 4 or 5 year old. But sometimes he comes out with things that are way beyond something a 5 year old would say.

Anyway, I love this child. I feel motherly towards him. He's my buddy & I really look forward to seeing him on the days he works. It's the high point of my day. We have some pretty silly conversations because I can easily revert to being 5 years old. :D

When I took the job at the nursing home I told him about it right away. His memory isn't real good so I wanted to start getting him used to the idea. I mentioned it while his "job coach" was there so he could be reminded, if need be. When I told him he said something like: "I'm happy but I'll be very sad."

I saw him today & told him that I didn't know when I would see him again after tomorrow. He remembered & knew that I was going to work at a "Senior Home". Then I told him that I was really going to miss him. He replied with this: "Of course, I will miss you. I *love* you." That totally made my day. Made me smile & nearly brought me to tears. I love him, too!

I didn't ask him if he was going to miss me because when I took a week's vacation a couple months ago I told him that I would miss him while I was gone & asked if he would miss me, too. He said, "Keep dreaming!" with a devilish grin! I guess he realizes that it's more serious this time.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:05 PM   #742
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Great story corrine!
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:13 PM   #743
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Seeing my neighbors' German Shorthair's brand new eleven, healthy puppies.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:34 PM   #744
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Lord, to hear such a cute story, corinne. i'd may well of burst into tears.
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Old 09-14-2006, 11:40 PM   #745
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Sweet story Corinne. Find a way to keep in touch with him.
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Old 09-16-2006, 03:33 PM   #746
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I've been trying to be real good about balancing the checkbook these days. Today I discovered a $300-plus error in our favor.

Sometimes it's good to be bad at math.................
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Old 09-16-2006, 07:42 PM   #747
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Old 09-16-2006, 11:06 PM   #748
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Mudbug, good things come to those who deserve it - good for you! Corrine, you are such a sweet person - evident in Tom's relationship with you. You have obviously made an impact on his life.

The last thing that made me smile was getting a hug from my 14-year old daughter - as you can see from my face. But my smile grew even larger when she told me she actually wanted a copy of the picture of the two of us - I'm still smiling!
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Old 09-17-2006, 12:00 AM   #749
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Michelle,
she is just beautiful, and she looks a lot like her mom...both of you make me smile..
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Thank you Kadesma - she is a blessing and a challenge all bundled into one little beautiful bundle! I love her so much!
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