Evenings at the stadium haven’t been this easy since I was in high school and I can hardly believe that we are able to walk up into the stands as a family and cheer Connor on without Corrigan melting down. I have no idea what has changed, all I know is that for the third game in a row, I have been able to sit as long as I want and then go down next to the field and shoot as much as I want, and Corrigan is happy and not one single tantrum has been thrown!
He happily plays on the bleachers, or on the stairs and even runs up and down the ramp without needing me right beside him. He sings and claps and is absolutely enamored with “the gools” (the cheerleaders; aka, “the girls”) and their routines.
At tonight’s game, the opposing team’s cheerleaders were spectacular citizens and gave my little boy so much love and attention. I missed a lot of it while I was down from the stands taking photos, though I could hear them playing with him, teaching him to clap and stomp and at one point I turned around and saw one of the cheerleaders up and dancing with him. They were sweethearts and I thanked them for their wonderful kindness. Corrigan was happier than I have seen him in ages.
No really, look….
That, my friends, is a real smile. Not one that I coaxed out of him by tricking him into saying the letter “C” so that his mouth approximates a grin. (pathetic, right?) This little boy was happy.
I could cry while typing this, most people find Corrigan a little “strange”, you know… and other kids shy away from him, but not tonight. Tonight the “big kids” have no idea how much they helped to soothe this Mama’s heart.
They have no idea the joy they brought my little boy…
Thank you, girls.
I know I am rooting for another color this season, but the Miners are champs in my book. Corrigan’s too…
But wait! How did Connor play?
LIKE. A. BOSS….(#11)
It is my absolute pleasure to watch him on the field this year.