We finally had our front porch roof repaired last Wednesday from a leak we had been experiencing for some years. I had no doubt that my two youngest boys would be there with bells on watching and imitating. With a large third story window overlooking the porch roof, it would be a breeze to have front and center seats in watching these men at work. I had my camera ready for the action that would inevitably follow. Here are my favorites:
In the spring, our family was sad to have the owners of the empty lot next to our home clear it in order to make it more appealing to buyers. Although all the small trees that had grown into medium trees had to come down along with a large, mostly dead tree, it was great fodder for more imitation from Joseph, who absolutely loves construction vehicles. I was able to capture a few gems:
Having had two children completely without imitative skills because of their struggle living with autism, I still don’t take this type of amazing natural ability for granted. With a whole lot of work, both boys with autism can now imitate to an equivalent level as their peers. However, it is not as automatic or engrained to their being as it is with these two younger boys. I always stand in awe, and at the ready with my camera, to capture the art of imitation.