Saturday, April 25, 2009


Bus was due to pull up at 1:30, STM and I were both poised ready at 1:25, nearly frantic by 2:15 when if finally arrived. How did he do? Did he sleep? Was he warm enough? Did he eat? Did he take his meds? Was he up at 5:15 and driving everyone crazy? Did he cry? Was he lonely?



Won't say, so probably, yes.

Not really, but that's okay.



I found him first, gave him a big hug which he endured with a smile, but it was Daddy's arms he was looking for.

"So, Mom, did the ice cream truck come when I was gone? Did you remember to take in the garbage and recycling on Thursday when I was gone? What time is Woohoo coming home? Can we go to the park?" HE was full of questions, there was no getting OUR questions in edge wise! He was wearing JUST what I sent him in yesterday, plus a shirt. Why actually CHANGE your shirt, when you can just layer another one on TOP! (He is his father's son.)

Finally - and painfully - extracted that he'd slept until 6:45(!) and then Tsunami took him to the nurses for his meds, and because he was QUITE janked up and the rest of his cabin was asleep, he and Tsunami played tether ball and basketball for 45 minutes until the others woke up.

How do I properly thank a person I've never met, probably never will, but who made it possible for me to sleep Thursday night? I'm putting love and blessings out into the ethers, and praying they find their target.

When St. Kathleen left yesterday she handed the baton to Tsunami and two of his Rojo's friends, one in charge of reminding him to pee, and the other charged with keeping him warm. "I'll just go ahead and lay out his hat and warm clothes on his bed, so we don't forget," said 12-year-old-going-on-40, N.

Several times throughout the day Thursday, Tsunami would flash Rojo the thumbs up sign and say, "I got your back, Rojo, I got your back!" Finally, after about the fourth time, Rojo turned to St. Kathleen and asked, "What does 'I've got your back' mean?" After she explained it was just an expression, that he didn't actually HAVE his back, that it just meant he would watch out for him, take care of him, defend and protect him, Rojo was able to fully relax. I actually think Rojo knew 2 seconds into meeting Tsunami that he "had his back" but nonetheless, always nice to know your back is safe and sound, and nobody plans to "have" it.

I may never meet you, Tsunami, but don't you worry. I have your back.


Maddy said...

Huh! My daughter on return......monosyllabic.....go Rojo!

Anonymous said...

Wow, it would be nice to get a letter of thanks through to Tsunami... the kind of appreciative feedback that might inspire this mindful young person to continue to pursue the field of education. He might not understand just how exceptional he is... a letter could help create a hero for more kids than just Rojo, and for years to come!

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Good idea, "e" - I'll see what I can figure out. Kathleen did take up my first blog posting about him and told him to check back for more, so hopefully he's reading these!

Robin said...

Carrie, I couldn't wait to hear how it went. I am so happy to read this.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's great, we need more people who have strong character like that.

Me said...

That was awesome! Warm and fuzzy, just like I like it!

Jerri said...

The photo of Rojo and STM is one of my all time favorite photos ever. Captured joy.

All blessings to Tsunami.

Jess said...

Wonderful news!!

And I love that picture of STM and Rojo, too.


Wanda said...

Whew. Love it. Love that it went well. We all knew it would. Right?

Michelle O'Neil said...

I love Tsunami with all my heart and soul.

So glad Rojo had fun. He did it!

All of you, take an A.

Tanya @ Teenautism said...

Fantastic! So glad it went well!

Angie Ledbetter said...

If there were more Tsunamis populating this planet, wouldn't it be extraordinarily wonderful?

Thank YOU, if you're reading this. (I have a great 19-y.o. daughter who's a PCA if you're single!) LOL

Great photos & post, Carrie. "Got Your Back" is my kids' school's motto. :)

Anonymous said...

We all need to know someone has our back at sometime! Beautiful ending!

Deb Shucka said...

So much joy all around here. The photo with STM and Rojo brought tears to my eyes. Actually this whole week of Outdoor School has been an amazing experience. I'm so glad you shared.

Amber said...

Awesome! And so cute. hehehe


Anonymous said...

I'm so glad for such a successful week!!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

the love just radiates from these posts ..
st kathleen
that hug, oh that hug!
and n, can we talk about n?
pure love

i am so thrilled for all of you

marge said...

I am so happy to hear that Rojo had a wonderful experience at outdoor school. Thank the angels for Tsunamii. Rojo is an amazing child.

Rev. Christine said...

Isn't it great that there are angels everywhere looking out for us!

Drama Mama said...

Can I please write a letter to Tsunami?

kario said...

Love Outdoor School!
Love you for sleeping Thursday night!
Love Rojo for enjoying himself!

Ahh, bliss.

She said...

Love Tsunami myself! What a great story!