|Noah Meeting Peter Mayhew|
|Noah & Daddy at Comic Con 2013|
|Noah & Family with Peter Mayhew at Comic Con 2013|
We took a little break from Noah's once a week school efforts, but hope to resume soon. It's still really a touch and go kind of thing for Noah. He is still fighting a tremendous sensory gag reflex about attending - even for small amounts of time which cause him to throw up time after time, and the only thing that stops it is when we leave. I can't quite tell what the trigger is - if it's the excitement of other children, if they approach him too fast, or if he gets excited and doesn't know how to process things. I just don't know. I wish I did so I could help him through it. His teachers and classmates are beyond understanding, and are filled with unlimited patience which makes it easier to come and go as we need for him. We're all trying to help Noah the best we can with everything.
This last weekend Noah's family from Texas and Boston came to town in order to spread his great-grandmother's ashes in Estes Park. It was the first time Noah had met his cousins and he really loved being with them. They were so loving, attentive to his needs and sweet. He rather adored their attention. It was a lovely thing to witness. Noah did fairly well on the drive up and back. Sometimes Noah has a tendency not to travel well, but we were able to get him a new pediatric car seat which I think significantly made the difference in being able to travel with Noah a little easier. It was a little tricky pushing Noah up the mountain side in his pediatric wheelchair stroller, thank goodness that they gave us all terrain tires on it, the bumps made Noah gag slightly and throw up a couple times, but over all he handled it well. His daddy held his hand and helped him spread his great-grandmother's ashes. His great-grandmother truly loved Noah very much and I'm blessed that he was a part of that moment. We all took turns talking about our memories of Nana... and even though Noah couldn't verbally participate I'm sure he was thinking he remembered the time when she let go of his wheelchair and turned her back to admire a flower at the Butterfly Pavilion sending him down a little incline and he almost went into the small pond area... he thought it was funny. It was a run-away wheelchair moment that sent me into a fast chase. This was the first time our family has spread ashes, and I must say emotionally it was easier than a funeral service. There was so much peace about the experience.
|Noah spreading his Great-Grandmother's Ashes|
Now that which was of the earth, lies here in these few ashes. These we now return to the earth, into the cradle of life, the womb of the world from which we were all brought forth. Life is a process in which we are all linked. We merge and reemerge. That which was earth returns to earth. That which was air returns to air. That which was water returns to water. That which was fire returns to fire. We cast these ashes that they may start life anew.
In Loving Memory of Norma Jean Brannan (Nana).
Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.