Menopausal mom to 2 young adult sons (one with ASD, ADHD, tic/seizure disorders and the other with attitude).

Saturday, 6 December 2014

A Christmas Miracle???

It started on November 12th. As soon as Remembrance Day was “finished”…the next ‘day of Observance’ in Riley World was THE topic of conversation.  Daily.  Hourly.  Oh heck…every time I saw him.  :O

It goes something like this…“Christmas is coming. In December it is Christmas. What’s in December? Christmas. I need to wait patiently to open my presents. What do I need to wait?  Patiently.”   Ad nauseam.   Over and over and over again.  *sobbing*

This is because all things in Riley World revolve around statutory holidays/specials days/special events. It has been this way since……forever.

On December 1st the outside lights HAD to be up. Come rain, shine, sleet, hail or snow…the lights MUST be up and ready to be turned on. I stalled as long as I could bought myself some time and promised Riley that the tree/decorations would go up this weekend after I had time to ummmm tidy up the living room. Who am I kidding…our house will never be tidy.  :(

So after G & R left for R’s Special Olympics swimming class this morning…because I am *written in sarcasm font* an awesome autism mom and would like nothing better to do with my TIME ALONE than to clean, vacuum and dust…I downed my coffee and dragged dusted off  got out the vacuum cleaner. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE Christmas! Only…NOT first thing on a Saturday morning. Just sayin’…

And then…Riley came home. The clouds parted and the angels started to sing. He happily ran up and down the stairs bringing up (one at a time of course) tubs and boxes of decorations. The entire time pleased as punch with himself.



Now Riley had been talking incessantly excitedly about wanting to decorate the tree with dad for weeks on end. Yet he has never…EVER wanted to touch the tree so I seriously had my doubts. Last year we had moved a step closer with Riley “directing” G where to hang the decorations.

And then…the skies were bright blue and the angels WERE SCREAMING!!


LOOOOOOOOOOK. AT. HIMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

HE'S TOUCHING THE TREE AND EVERYTHING!  YES...I KNOW I'M TYPING IN CAPS BUT THIS DESERVES ALL CAPS!!!

20 years old and Riley WANTED to decorate the tree!!

Our Christmas Miracle...indeed!  <3


16 comments:

  1. This is so very awesome. Our kiddos never stop growing and making progress. What a very good day, indead. :)

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    1. Looks like we had a good day all around! Could this be the season??? :D

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    1. Indeed. Takes a 'little' longer but the payoff is priceless. <3

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  3. Wow, that's so wonderful! you must've been smiling the whole day! it's so nice to see people get so excited!

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    1. Excitement was his middle name yesterday for sure. He just may be taking after his Auntie S after all. :P

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  4. HE LOOKS SO HAPPY! AND YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO DRAG EVERYTHING UP BY YOURSELF!
    It seems our kids will continue to surprise us their entire lives.

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    1. You mean G didn't have to drag everything up by himself. :P He was MOST thrilled about that! HA!

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  5. LOVE!! --> …“Christmas is coming. In December it is Christmas. What’s in December? Christmas. I need to wait patiently to open my presents. What do I need to wait? Patiently.” :) And you Blogged! I've missed your voice (and am possibly just a tiny bit inspired). You've given me hope... maybe K will take R's lead next year?! Maaaaybe??!

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    1. Maaaaaybe. :D I've missed your voice too so I'm thrilled if I've inspired you even if it is just a teeny tiny bit.

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    1. Yup. Always. Back atchya mama!!! *raising glass*

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  7. One of the very best parts of Christmas in my opinion Riley!! way to go!
    And I cannot fault his enthusiasm - we should all catch some bubble over with "Christmas is coming!" :)

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    1. Definitely have to love his enthusiasm alright! Keeps us all in the Christmas spirit. :D

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    1. Thanks Tara! How does Megan do with the holidays??

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