Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, 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, October 1, 2012

The Lighting of the First Fire Ceremony

Oh, I almost forgot...

For Nicholas, there is yet another equally important aspect of the Magic Season.

It is the all important First Fire Ceremony.

This important "lighting of the first fire" signifies the true commencement of the Magic Season Festivities.

In fall, evening temperatures here in New England start to drop. Early morning temps become downright chilly. So, it is not unusual after a long summer, for folks around here to begin using their fireplaces once again.

This morning, as we jumped into the vehicle to take Weston to school, sure enough, there was a white swirling smoke emanating from our neighbor's chimney and the familiar smell of burning wood. These important signifiers did not escape the keen senses of my fire-loving son.

"LOOK Mom, our neighbors are having a fire! Can we have one? Can we have one?"

Yes, building a fire in the fireplace is yet another magical aspect of the October through December holiday allure that brings such joy to Nicholas.

All summer long, Nicholas laments about the empty fireplace, longing for the days when we can fill it with logs that crackle and glow. He anxiously awaits the arrival of fall. But since he does not have a good understanding of the concept of time yet, he looks for things in his environment that signify the coming of colder weather, things like pumpkins at Paisley's and white smoking chimneys.

Now that he had seen both, it was time for us to light our ceremonious fire.

Only problem was, since it is still early fall, hubby hasn't begun his pre-winter chore of chopping wood, leaving me sans wood to start our official ceremony.

But in true quick-thinking PWS Mom fashion, I searched the garage and much to Nicholas's relief, found an errant box of Duraflame logs. Phew!

So.....nothing up my sleeve........watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.....presto....our first fire of the season and the official commencement of The Magic Season!

And of course, a very happy boy!