This year, we were blessed with a foundation who provided a Rolling Buddy costume for Noah. A really cool airplane that attached to his wheelchair. Noah only has one wheelchair with arm rests (because he wraps around his arms - even with arm blockers and hooks himself). I had a base but no seat on an old model Noah had outgrown. It took many months but I at least got a seat for an old frame. Although it has Noah's name embroidered in the back he's acting as if it doesn't belong to him. I suspect that the harness is not comfortable and is a sensory trigger for him - and the seat came too small - although he fits on it, the seat is make-shift at best. The chair of Noah's dreams? I think not. He rejected it and thereby rejecting the only wheelchair ride he has that could even attempt to accommodate his airplane wheelchair costume.
I'm not sure what it is with that big bad motion detector spider that jumps out - but that darn thing made me jump; it made Luke tear up; and Noah laugh hysterically at the fact that his little brother almost peed his pants. Was a typical brotherly moment.
Chris wasn't exempt from his own neighborly nightmare - a man without a face standing in the middle of the street to scare a passerby. His movements so classic horror movie that really it was truly disturbing on every level. We both wanted a way from it (him/her) quickly. The boys likely less affected than us - ironically. But mom and dad got the heebie jebbies. In fact thinking about it makes me want to crawl under my covers.
Both children on equal ground, both children get workable gifts, mom even maybe avoids an unnecessary trip to the dentist... dad scores because he can donate the candy to his work - it's like a win win for everyone! I just might give the Switch Witch as much of an even playing field as the Tooth Fairy.
I'm just glad we made it work. I'm glad that after all these years that Noah didn't get sick or have to suffer through a Halloween. That perhaps allowing Noah to be just who he is - all 365 days of the year is what he needs - and that's okay. There is nothing saying that our Halloweens have to resemble anything "typical." Being the norm is over-rated anyway.
-A bit of special needs unpredictability - now that's how we roll.
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Noah's Miracle by Stacy Warden is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.