|The holidays make me want to scream too, kid.|
Is this the scene in our house? Not so much.
Holidays are a time of rescheduling therapies (bad), not having therapies (worse), and changing schedules (worst). There is sensory overload in the form of lights, smells, sounds, people, and other holiday paraphernalia. If I wasn't going into Jack's speech therapy session today, I might would have taken a nap in the car.
Here is a list of the things you might see in a Rockwell house vs. the Reinventing house:
Rockwell: Children sitting around a fire, drinking cocoa, and enjoying their family.
Reinventing: No fire, because we haven't had the chimney cleaned in years and good luck trying to keep Jack away from something as bright (and dangerous) as an open flame. Instead, Jack is pacing in front of the fireplace. Good times.
Rockwell: The family carves the beautifully carved bird at the table.
Reinventing: The parents carve the beautifully reheated frozen pizza and pour glasses of two-buck Chuck after putting Jack to bed. We then collapse on the couch and fall asleep watching House.
Rockwell: The kids bask in the glow of the Christmas tree.
Reinventing: Jack stims in the glow of the Christmas tree.
Rockwell: Children's eyes are aglow at the sight of Santa Claus.
Reinventing: Jack runs and screams at the sight of Santa Claus.
Rockwell: The family rejoices and wishes that the holidays would never end.
Reinventing: I count down the days until therapists get back in town and our lives get back to our definition of "normal".
Rockwell: The family says "Grace" before eating their feast.
Reinventing: We wrestle Jack into his booster seat while he screams and flails. He runs off to stim. We wolf down our food as quickly as possible so that one of us will be free to stop him from opening and closing the cabinet doors at my in-laws' house.
The good times never end. What kinds of things might one encounter at your house that are a departure from the traditional?