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Blogs by Patricia A. Oplinger

Love Gives Itself
10/1/2010 2:08:19 PM    [ Flag as Spam or Inappropriate ]

You can't buy love.
Love gives itself; it is not bought.

I've just returned from a few weeks visiting family and we all know what that can be like. There's a strong reason why Erma Bombeck titled one of her books "Family, the Ties That Bind and Gag Us".

On this particular autumn visit north, the bonding was incredibly apparent and lovingly tight. My grandson, Carson, a second-grader who stands high on the autism spectrum, with years of professional and heartfelt assistance under his little-boy belt, at his parents' suggestion, decided to babysit ME one night rather than visa versa.

Mom, Dad, and teenage brother went to a concert at a nearby venue while Carson and I hung out at home.

Along with Carson's parents (my son, Jim,  and daughter-in-law, Renee), his teachers and medical specialists have earned my complete respect.

Like all good babysitters do, Carson read me a book - Pinocchio - with as much confidence and passion as Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti.

At suppertime his table manners while eating pizza - with all that red sauce - were impeccable.

His physical enjoyment of kicking a soccer ball around the back yard like a world championship was at risk, was a testimony to a well-planned, well-executed and well-implemented IEP by the staff of his elementary school.

And after he slipped "Ice Age" into the DVD player, his correct identification and accurate pronunciation of every dinosaur's name as it traveled across the screen, was evidence of the motivation to learn and something I marveled at, remembering the early months of his life.

My gratitude goes out to each and every person who fostered and continue to energize Carson's growth as they willingly shower him with their skillful, generous love day after day. Love that gives of itself.


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More Blogs by Patricia A. Oplinger
• A Real Writer - Tuesday, April 28, 2015
• Laureate on My Mind - Saturday, February 21, 2015
• "Poetry as Panacea" - Saturday, November 01, 2014
• Unforgettable Voice. Unforgettable Heart. - Tuesday, September 02, 2014
• Madeline Jonelle - Saturday, August 23, 2014
• Nothing Succeeds Like Success - Saturday, March 29, 2014
• A Certain Kind of Courage - Wednesday, March 05, 2014
• The World of Imagination - Monday, December 09, 2013
• Ramblin' - Monday, August 05, 2013
• Letter to Rob Lamm - Tuesday, April 23, 2013
• Writers' Retreat - Tuesday, March 19, 2013
• Love is in the Air via an Acrostic Poem - Monday, February 04, 2013
• Letter I never Mailed - Wednesday, January 23, 2013
• Facing Up to Blanks - Friday, October 19, 2012
• Writing is a Powerful Search Mechanism - Thursday, August 02, 2012
• . . . and there is a hippopotamus in me . . . - Tuesday, July 17, 2012
• The Eagle in Me - Sunday, June 10, 2012
• Catchup! - Tuesday, May 01, 2012
• Mea Culpa! - Thursday, April 12, 2012
• Splendiferous - Wednesday, October 26, 2011
• The Rose and the Thorn - Saturday, September 24, 2011
• Some Folks Are Wise and Some Are Otherwise - Tuesday, August 09, 2011
• Hidden Seed - Saturday, July 16, 2011
• IF ONLY - Saturday, April 23, 2011
• The Boat - Friday, March 04, 2011
• UH-OH - Thursday, March 03, 2011
• Writing Poetry - Tuesday, March 01, 2011
• Sense of Humor - Friday, February 25, 2011
• The Only Thing - Thursday, February 10, 2011
• Being wise - Saturday, January 29, 2011
• What I Mean - Friday, January 28, 2011
• Playhouse CD Debut a Success - Thursday, January 13, 2011
• Contact! - Thursday, January 13, 2011
• Hiding in the Playhouse of My Mind - Tuesday, November 30, 2010
• Being Wise - Thursday, October 28, 2010
• Listening Between the Lines - Friday, October 15, 2010
• Try Opening Your Life - Wednesday, October 06, 2010
•  Love Gives Itself - Friday, October 01, 2010  
• Sunshine in NJ - Thursday, September 23, 2010
• Smooth Handle - Friday, September 10, 2010
• Planning - Monday, August 16, 2010
• Three Words - Friday, August 13, 2010
• Take it easy -- but take it - Tuesday, August 10, 2010
• Newly Found Relative - Monday, August 09, 2010
• Try it. You'll like it. - Tuesday, August 03, 2010
• Out on a limb - Thursday, July 22, 2010
• Answers and Questions - Tuesday, July 13, 2010
• Freedom - Saturday, July 03, 2010
• A Jug - Thursday, July 01, 2010
• Body Helps Brain - Tuesday, June 15, 2010
• 66th Annual Writers' Conference - Sunday, June 13, 2010
• Boots on the Ground! - Tuesday, June 01, 2010
• Life in and Out of Balance - Saturday, May 29, 2010
• Publication Notice - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
• Light Verse - Tuesday, January 26, 2010
• Echoes of the Ozarks Volume V - Monday, January 25, 2010
• Biennial Competition 2010 - Thursday, January 21, 2010
• Persistent Pilferer - Wednesday, December 30, 2009
• Izard County Friends of the Library Signing - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• Life on a Seesaw Succeeds - Wednesday, November 18, 2009
• Premiere Day! - Saturday, November 14, 2009
• Autumn in the Foothills - Wednesday, October 21, 2009
• Invitation to Appear at Authors' Luncheon at Arkansas Writers' Conference - Tuesday, September 22, 2009
• Life on a Seesaw - Monday, August 03, 2009
• At Work - Saturday, July 04, 2009
• Conference Day - Monday, May 04, 2009


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