My first memory of Dominick was watching him play Little League…he was 10 and I fell in love with him there. I never realized how scary baseball must be…that dual dynamic of both team and individual performance in one sport. I think I held my breath every time he went up to bat, but the fitness instructor in me admired his solid stance and coordination that he had developed from his nighttime ritual of squats, crunches, and push-ups. He told me he liked to play catcher so he could watch the entire field. As I came to see, Domo is powerfully observant…and self-aware.
In the sixth grade, he had to fill out a form with his long-term goals ahead of our parent-teacher conference. As we sat down with his teacher, we went through the list. Both his teacher and I stopped at the desired occupation line:
My lower self started to explain that he meant sports trainer, while my higher self beamed. Children know who they are meant to be. His self-awareness has helped me restore my own. His teacher understood as well. She looked at me and said,
Are you gonna have more [children]? You really should.”
She was in her first trimester and hadn’t yet announced publicly that she was pregnant. So, it pleased me that she shared her news and encouragement. It was instrumental for me in feeling the pull…that pull to procreate. And, the rest of our conference pertained more to good ovulation-tracking apps than Domo’s academics…
After Christmas one year, Dominick asked if I could take him to the store so he could get a calendar for his bedroom. I assumed I would have to stomach purchasing something Lakers- or Bears-related, so I was surprised (and relieved…) when he shook his head.
I want one with animals.”
I nodded. Spiritually-gifted children feel a strong connection to animals…as an onlooker, it appears as if they are communicating. I believe they are. No coincidence, the name, Dominick, means…belonging to God.
Love, Sarah & Desiree ☆