Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Love.....and a New Found Fondness for Frosty

This is our miniature plug-in Frosty decoration.

We have had him for many years. Every Christmas, for the past 11 years Frosty has taken up residence at the foot of our stairs, faithfully warming our hallway with the soft glow from the 5 watt bulb that's stuck in his back. Every year, he has steadfastly guarded the bottom of our stairway. A solitary Christmas figure performing his Christmas duty, alone and unrecognized.

He has had a boring life........that is until today.

Today, for some reason Frosty is now Nick's BFF.

Perhaps it was the many years our tiny white friend spent gleefully and quietly attending his post, or maybe it was the happy expression that never leaves his silly silicone face.....but whatever the reason, suddenly my son, Nicholas has a new found fondness for Frosty.

 As I have mentioned in previous posts, Nicholas loves to pretend. He has had many "best friends" over the years, like Dora, from Dora the Explorer, "Little Chef" from Ratatouille, then Diego, the Animal Rescuer, and now his latest best friend, Frosty, our tiny plug-in snowman.

Yes, my son Nicholas has showered this hardened plastic figurine with lots of hugs and attention. 

Now, mind you, I have several more appealing Christmas decorations that Nicholas may have found more suitable for squeezing, like the stuffed Santa Claus teddy bear who sits over on our couch. But these more hugable items were deliberately overlooked as Nicholas has now firmly attached himself to Frosty. 

Yes, our faithful snowman spent his first night in 11 years at a different location. Instead of stiffly guarding the stairs, he spent his new gig quietly standing on the mirrored dresser at the foot of Nicholas's bed. His new job? Watching Nicholas sleep. 

Frosty's once boring life, has now quickly transformed into fun-filled days loaded with new adventures.

He spent time getting warmed by the fire.

This morning, he shared breakfast with daddy and Nicholas at our kitchen table. He took his first ride in our truck on our way to school, and as he did he practiced his silent stint for the much revered "show and tell" time in Mr Crossman's third grade class.

Frosty has found some other new friends as he was met enthusiastically this morning by Mrs. D, Nicholas's aide. And of course, Ms Rezendez the art teacher, who could not help but say "hello" to Nicholas' new found friend.

I do not know why Frosty has suddenly found a place in Nicholas's heart. At first, I was confused by this love for an inanimate object. But as I watch my son share his deep love, I have learned is that it is not important WHAT my son loves, it is simply important that he just LOVES. 

By sharing his love with others, I am once again reminded how my son is here to remind the world of the important things in life.

The important things like love. 


Adelaide Dupont said...

Frosty has been part of my imaginative life too.

Wow. All the great things Frosty got to do!

(Maman enjoyed the decoration when she saw it on the computer).

Lisa said...

Yes, good ole Frosty has been promoted to "family member" status. While Nicholas left him home from school today, he did remind his snowman friend to "be good".

I must admit, Frosty is also one of my favorites.

I love your daughter's name, Maman and am very glad she enjoyed the decoration!

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