Heart Wing Stories

CA-12Even though I love all the children at Casa equally, there is someone very special to me and his name is Quin. He has touched my heart like no other besides my own. Quin was very shy when he first came to live at Casa, but over the last few months, he has started communicating and responding more and more each day. Just the other day while waiting at an appointment, I was reading a book to him. Suddenly, he taps my head and looked away. The look on his face told me that he might be playing a game with me…and after the third time, he tapped my head and looked away, I knew it was a game. As I acknowledged that someone had tapped my head, he just smiled and his eyes said “It wasn’t me!” That is the amazing part; all the residents at Casa have their own special way of communicating with us. I also have enjoyed going to Quin’s baseball games… Go Challengers!

Have you ever had a day when your starting a new job and someone wants your attention. Well that’s what happened to me when I started here at Casa. The day I started I was being introduced to the children and young adults and one of the children, Laura kicked me when I turned away. I turned back toward her and asked if she just kicked me. She laughed and I was hooked. They all have different personalities and even though they can’t speak, they can communicate in their own way. We have to be willing to listen not just with our ears, but with our hearts. They are truly angels here on earth.

It was Patrick’s birthday and I told him that I would sing to him “Strangers In The Night”, and I did and he just loved it. It was cute to see his expressions. All our children and young adults have love for us no matter what. I just love them all.

A few years ago, we had a boy by the name of Shawn. He was a Native American boy and was a hand full, in the best kind of way. One day, I was going to put a big table together and Shawn and I were in the room together, and he was supposed to be my special helper. After the job was done, one of the staff members told Shawn to say “Thank you Mickey,” I knew that Shawn could talk a little but to hear him say those words, “Thank you Mickey” was the coolest thing in the world. I mean, the hair on the back of my neck stood up and a chill just ran right through me. It’s not every day that one of our special children at Casa can say thank you for anything we do for them, so when it happens, you must treasure it.

I just came back from vacation and the reaction I got from the residents. I knew that they missed me as I missed them. Ronnie gave me the biggest smile ever, Patrick’s eyes got big, and smiled when he heard my voice, Adam wouldn’t stop talking to me, Andrea kissed my hand, Jayne smiled and laughed, Lizzy gave me a dirty look (attitude), and Colleen smiled and giggled. I got hugs and kisses from Sandra, “moo’s” from Quin telling me he wanted a story. Each resident has taught me a lot. We are the lucky ones for being able to work here.

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