Usually they are looking at a baby, not doing whatever they were wishing about. Sometimes it is walking, or talking, or reading. Whatever it is, these comments have always rubbed me a bit rough. I've heard these statements since Alyssa was little. I've always been a big believer that every developmental stage has joys and challenges. Sure, when kids learn to walk they start getting into everything, but they also can walk to the car on their own! When kids learn to talk, they might talk your ear off, but they also are now able to communicate their wants and needs with less frustration! When kids learn to read, you can no longer say to your beloved "do you want I-C-E-C-R-E-A-M?" without your little one saying "Wo-hoo! Ice cream!", but they can now read you a bedtime story!
With Matthew, these statements really rub me wrong. I hear this kind of statement and start talking in my head: "Oh, you don't appreciate that your typically developing child can do something that is developmentally appropriate? You don't have to spend hours upon hours in therapy to get him/her to talk (or walk)? You don't pray every night that he/she will one day be able to say a sentence (or run down the street)? You didn't spend countless hours with your little one, saying 'ma-ma' over and over again, exaggerating your facial movements, to the point that people in the doctor's waiting rooms must have thought you were insane? Must be annoying how your little one does all that talking (or walking)!" But I don't say anything out loud, usually.
I heard a similar statement last night, and I did say something, nothing big and nasty like the above, but a quiet "You only wish that because they can, if they couldn't, you wouldn't." I should have just kept my mouth shut. One of my New Year's resolutions was to pray the prayer of St. Francis everyday.
- Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
- Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- Where there is injury, pardon.
- Where there is doubt, faith.
- Where there is despair, hope.
- Where there is darkness, light.
- Where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love.
- For it is in giving that we receive.
- It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.