Monday, March 24, 2014

Aunt Leanne and the Fine Art of Being a Diva

Lately, Josie's awesome physical therapist, Shannon, has been working on a new skill with her: climbing into her car seat.  Since Josie is now tipping the scales at 30 lbs, Mom's back is singing a resounding "Hallelujah!"  Josie, on the other hand, isn't quite so enthused.
As is the case with most every gross motor endeavor, Josie hates it.  These twice-weekly physical therapy sessions are plagued with whining, tears, and Josie yelling her signature "No please no!!!" over and over.
Shannon, being the unrelenting professional that she is, perseveres through the toddler drama.
 Shannon even utilizes the techniques we've learned in behavioral therapy.  In order to earn an incentive, you must complete the non-preferred task.  In this case, Josie gets bubbles when she makes it into her seat.  Girlfriend loves bubbles!

God bless Shannon - she's got a tough job.  It's got to be hard to teach someone to do something that they just don't want to learn.  Josie doesn't care about climbing in the car seat.  What's in it for her?!  If Josie had her way, Mom and Dad would scoop her up and place her gently on her throne and chauffer her around town with zero exertion required on Josie's part.  The full-on diva treatment - that's a fair expectation, right?!

I was telling my mom about Josie's newest physical therapy goal and my mom chuckled and said that Leanne still demands the diva treatment during her daily transportation to and from work.  You see, there is a young man that we'll call "John," who attends Leanne's day program with her.  Not only is he a fellow  chromosomally enhanced passenger on Leanne's van, he is also her personal butler.
 Every day, "John" exits the van at Leanne's stop, gathers Leanne's belongings, and extends his hand to help Leanne descend the death-defying step down from the vehicle.
Once "John" ensures Leanne has made contact with the pavement unscathed, he hands over her personal belongings and sees to it that she arrives safely inside the house.
Is "John" on payroll as Leanne's personal staff member? 
Is "John" Leanne's "boo"? 
Is "John" and aspiring physical therapist? 
John is simply a chivalrous young man who, like so many other before him, has fallen prey to Leanne's Diva ways.  Because when you're this fetching, why break a sweat - or even a nail - when the royal treatment is just an eyelash bat away?
Hang in there, JoJo.  Her Majesty predicts there will be a crown and throne of your own in your future!


  1. OMG, HILARIOUS. Thanks for sharing.

  2. If only there was a yoga baby pose for getting in your own car seat.

    Yes, that John is a real gentleman.

  3. Knew someone who had the same problem - after leaving her behind a few times with Dad, instead of going to the park, the little miss realized that trying harder might be a good thing to do.

  4. Oh Dear How funny! Those girls are smart and have it figured out!!
    We should all be more like them!!

  5. oh my gosh, that is hilarious!!!! bless dear john!

  6. John is a gentleman. I love that he was taught to help others, and is aware of personal safety! Good for him!

    Perhaps work your little Diva from the angle that she is helping her Momma by being independent....and should learn to be fast in case Momma has to help someone younger and not as able.

    Yeah for bubbles!

  7. LOVE IT! Thanks once again Aunt Leanne for making my day. And bless your kind heart John, we need more people like you in this world <3