Worth It!


I was home from work today…..my Gregory was sick yesterday…he had a fever..so I had to keep him home from school today.   Well….the virus he had…..he shared it with me…so today I spent the day home with him….he told me that he was happy he got sick… and happy he gave me the “sick virus”…..because it meant that we were home together today…..he kept reminding me what a great day he was having. 

We did nothing…just cuddled together in the den…put a big blanket on the floor…had a “picnic”…and watched Wow-Wow Wubzy and Cyber-Chase over and over again.  Today reminded of the book: The Gift of an Ordinary Day….and although I have not yet read the book..I have heard the author speak…now the mother of grown children..she writes this memoir…talking about the ordinary days of motherhood…and what a gift they are…today was one of those days for me…an ordinary day with my Gregory…it was a gift.

And as I look at the picture above…..and think about my Katie and Andrew….how years ago they played outside on our swing-set..Andrew draped in a blanket and wearing goggles…and Katie donning just the blanket (the blankets my Andrew called: Yeng Yas)…..how I would give anything to go back to that ordinary day.  Time goes by too quickly….as we now talk about taking down the “swing-set”….and turning it into a vegetable garden…when I think of it….it actually makes me feel over-whelmed with sadness…the ordinary days go way too fast…..as my oldest now has his working papers and is talking about getting a job…..I try hard to hold on….onto the gifts of these ordinary days.

I will end this post with another G-ism….he has not said one in a few months.  He wanted to cheer me up today..thinking I was sad that I got his “sick”….so he said:

Ma..you wanna hear me do Oprah?”

What Gregory….I am not sure what you mean babe….

Oprah…you wanna hear me do Oprah?


And he stood up from our cozy picnic…and as best as he could…he started singing OPERA…with a really deep voice…then raising to a higher pitch….as he moved his arm from at his waist…and then lifting it higher up….as his OPRAH went from low to high…

And he said: See ma, that’s Oprah…feel better?

Yup Gregory….I do.









About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional resource....so that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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4 Responses to Worth It!

  1. Jen says:

    I love reading your stories about your children. You always have the right words to say. Just the other day I helped a friend in need of some comfort by saying something you once told me. Hope your feeling better.

  2. Christine says:

    I hope this is the right format to contact you with a question. I got your name from Joanne Schlesinger. I am trying to make a decision as to whether to have my son evaluated for a speech delay. He is 25 months old (he was born at 34.5 weeks gestation with no complications) and I feel he knows everything and is able to communicate his wants and needs very well. He does everything he is supposed to be doing at his age and some things that older children do. He says many words but leaves the ending off of some words(for example “ba” for balloon) and he only has one type of two word sentence(“more baba”, “more whatever he wants”). He mimics whatever you ask him to and his cognitive skills are excellent. He started to mimic the alphabet just recently too. Would you consider this a lag or something I should look more into? I appreciate your time. Thanks.

    • Kim says:

      hi christine…this is a perfect way to contact me….at 25 months of age I am not concerned with a child’s clarity of speech…more concerned with understanding of language and if he in fact has words in his vocabulary. From what you write it sounds like he is a smart little one…and understands all of what is said to him. With regard to his expressive language….he has words in his vocabulary…this is great…this means to me that he understands that words “work” and words get him what he wants…as he is able to express his needs functionally. What would be great is if you could send me a list of the words he does how..and indicate how he is producing them…this will give me a clearer picture of what is happening with regard to clarity of speech. Some children do delete beginnings and endings of words as they are acquiring language….and before the age of three clarity of speech is not as important. If you do send me a list of words..I will be able to offer you some tips…and my advise as to whether or not you should pursue a CPSE evaluation as he turns closer to three years of age. Also if you look under my articulation page..there is a parent friendly chart…look at that at let me know what sounds he is able to produce…and the sounds he is not able to…
      Thanks Christine! Best, Kim

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