Yesterday's Yard Sale was a huge...and I mean HUGE...success. The sale was to start at 8am. At 7:20, when I went out to fix some signs in the neighborhood that had fallen in the night, there were already ten cars waiting on the street. I made my first sale by 7:40 and it was non stop from there. I love having yard sales. I love the organizing...I love love LOVE the advertising portion...I love the set up...and I love that second when you declare yourself "open for business". I love the people - young, old, families, singles. I hear the most interesting stories and I even tell some of my own when an item is picked up that has a history. I love seeing our things - junky things and treasured items - go to nice people. Ed was particularly happy that the boys helicopter toy - which he lovingly bought for them - went to this gorgeous little girl named Phoebe.
Phoebe's Mommy adopted her from an orphanage in China. She waited four years to adopt and was blessed with this sweet little girl. I related to her desire for a child...and the stress of having to wait on all the stars aligning to make it happen.
By the end of the sale I looked around and was thrilled that I had cleared out so much. I brought the non-children items to the curb and advertised them as FREE. I then had fun watching the parade of "shoppers" stop in front of our house to pick things from the boxes. I felt like Santa Claus! While I was watching the curbside show, Ed was counting my money.
This is when you might want to sit down.
Combining yesterday's sale and my Craig's List pre-sale over the past two weeks - my grand total was six HUNDRED and NINE dollars and seventy nine cents. Staggering.
As I celebrated, I quickly thought about what I wanted to do with the money. Savings? Nah. New shoes? That would be a waste. In a matter of seconds I had made my decision. It made total sense to me. Gavin was going to get his very own iPad.
We all jumped in the car and went to the Apple store. I looked up and it seemed the Heaven's parted when I saw this sign...
I almost cried I was so happy. I felt such pride that my hard work (trust me - it was a LOT of work!) could lead to such a huge purchase! Gavin has been using my iPad - but Brian has, too. Brian likes it to read books. Getting Gavin his very own iPad will allow him to have more time with it and it will decrease the jealousy factor in the house.
But the main reason? I've heard of so many special needs kids that take their iPads to school with them. The teachers and therapists help them use it to learn and/or to communicate. To me it was like this extra money fell from the sky - so why not now? This iPad will be his from now on! I even had leftover money which I plan to use to purchase a cover called an Otterbox. I'm confident that someone will drop this iPad at some point and the Otterbox is apparently the most durable cover out there to protect it. The video shows a mountain climber dropping one. So there you go.
When we came home from the mall and put the boys to bed, I instantly got on the computer. I went on Craig's List and posted an open letter to everyone who attended my Yard Sale. I wanted them to know what their purchases allowed ME to purchase for my son. I wanted them to know - whether they bought something for a nickel - or spent $50.00 - that they are now a part of Gavin's progress. I even invited them all to follow along on this blog...to follow Gavin on his journey to hopefully saying "Mommy" and "Daddy" and "I love my iPad". *wink* Several people wrote to me after seeing my post which made me so happy. I may have even made a few friends.
Last night I sat in bed and cruised the app store. I came across an app called "Touch Trainer" and it seemed PERFECT for Gavin. One issue we've been having is trying to teach him to touch the screen the right way. Not with his palm...not with his head...or his mouth...but his fingertips. It's been frustrating. Touch trainer is a very user friendly app that rewards the child immediately with lights - action - and music, encouraging them to want to touch it again. After a few tries today, it seemed to click for Gavin and he started touching the screen for more!
I think we'll work very hard during his therapy break with Touch Trainer. Miss Maggie, prepare yourself to be impressed when you come back at the end of August!!
So to everyone who guessed that I'd splurge on things for me - an iPhone, a food processor, a new camera, red soled shoes, massages when we go to the Bahamas - you were wrong. They were all interesting guesses, but this splurge made me happier than any of them. Gavin communicating what's going on in that cute little head of his seems like an unattainable dream at times. To think that this device could help him talk to me one day...
Need I say more?