Andrew had an assessment this weekend -- the first time a professional "outsider" has reviewed or analyzed him. It was just a 35 minute entrance thingy for an academic program, so it wasn't an exhaustive battery. But she was a psychologist and had a lot of experience, and I was curious to hear her thoughts.
Andrew has this gorgeous, colorful, complex soul that really aches to be understood and nurtured. He's so much more wrapped up in the interpersonal elements of life -- cherishing family and spending time together -- that figuring him out as we go just seems trickier. When I mess up with him, I feel even more strongly about going and making it right with him. Apologizing and re-connecting. His value on our relationship is so powerful in his life.
Along the way, though, I see a lot of late night chats with Steve, figuring out this special little man who came into our family. He deserves the best we can give him.