I have a shadow that follows me EVERYWHERE.
I have a regular shadow like everyone else, but the shadow I'm talking about in this post is a living, breathing, 3 feet tall, blond-haired, blue-eyed variety:
This shadow seldom leaves my side.
Little Guy definitely prefers me over anyone else and constantly relies on me to read his cues and help him stay regulated. The smallest changes in routine can create a huge meltdown, and running errands oftentimes can be a huge challenge. I guess I should feel flattered that Little Guy loves me so much, but being with a high maintenance toddler 24/7 can get EXHAUSTING.
However, something happened the other day that made me realize what I do for Little Guy does make a difference - even if I don't see the results right away. I was busy putting some dishes away and Little Guy was "helping" me when I suddenly realized he was repeating something over and over to himself.
As I listened closer, my heart started to melt at what I was hearing. My little shadow was saying, "Little Guy and Mom are BEST friends. We friends, we best friends."
What a priceless return for my efforts!