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
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