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.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Puppies, Stars and Clever Toy Manufacturers

As most of you know, Nicholas loves cozy things. He yearns for things like candles, glowing pumpkins and fireplaces. Often, I will find a corner of my kitchen transformed by Nicholas into a warm and glowing scene.

So perhaps I should not be surprised that my youngest son has been hypnotized by the latest commercial craze for kids. He has asked me repeatedly (for the last 3 months) if I would buy him a "Dream Lite".

What is a Dream Lite you ask?

This is a Dream Lite......

It is a soft and furry stuffed animal that also serves as a nightlight, filling a child's bedroom ceiling with bold bright stars and smiley faces....

Are you kidding me?

It is almost as if the designer of this product looked into the very soul of my child to unravel his inner psyche.

It is everything that my sensitive son loves most in this world. It is a happy animal that is soft, furry, huggable and projects colorful stars onto the ceiling!!!!!

Every time the product is advertised, Nicholas comes running.

"Muummmmmmmy! It's Dream Lites!!!!!!!"

"Can I please get one? Plllllleeeeeeaaassse!"

Sometimes I really resent these clever toy manufacturers.

For several months, I resisted, explaining to my naive child just how tricky some toy manufacturers can behave. I explained that sometimes the TV can make things look very cool, but when you receive the product, you can be very disappointed.

"But Muuuummmmy, pleeeeeease?"

Eventually, the persistent Nicholas wore me down and I relented.

I told him however, that I would buy him one only if he stayed in his bed all night for a week.

Trust me when I say, Nicholas would have walked through fire for a year, just to earn the magic glowing puppy. He easily stayed in his bed for a week, and the manipulated Mummy found herself ordering the Dream Lite Doggy for Nicholas.

The UPS man left it on our doorstep yesterday.

Nicholas ran to retrieve the package.....

"Mummy, my Dream Lite....it came, it came!" he shouted with glee.

I was very thankful since I had spent much of the week answering about one thousand "When is my Dream Lite coming?" questions. I don't think I could have handled much more.

He ripped open the package and ran upstairs and into my bedroom closet to see how it worked.

I am happy to report that the stars on the ceiling glow very big and bright. So much for my lecture on the evils of clever toy manufacturers.

Nicholas slept in his bed the entire night.

He decided to bring his beloved dog to school today for show and tell.

It was an instant hit.

I guess this clever toy manufacturer knows a thing or two about the inner workings of the minds of a great many 10-year-olds. And perhaps a few adults too because to tell you the truth, I wouldn't mind having one myself.

Nicholas and his glowing puppy