It's real! No more finger props to hold up a sagging left side. This is a true smile! Interestingly, he can't do it when he's trying. There has to be something that touches his funny bone to get the ear-to-ear grin we've been waiting for. I actually had to say something embarrassing to get this one on film. Which leads me to another significant thing about this event--Neil is getting his sense of humor back. He's not to the point of jumping on tables in his banana costume yet, but it's starting to feel like we're seeing the old Neil a bit. Happy day!
Neil took a trip to school today to pick up his yearbook. He ate lunch in the cafeteria (two pieces of pizza) and sat with friends who came over to sign his book. It was great to see he was voted "Biggest Kid at Heart," and we found a picture of him in his infamous banana suit. If that doesn't bring a smile to a person's face, I don't know what will!
"They might not need me — yet they might —
I'll let my Heart be just in sight —
A smile so small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity —"