Last year?  Last year we skipped her preschool Christmas program because last year?  It would have been too much.  Just. Too. Much.  She would not have been able to process the amount of sensory input flooding her system.  She would have freaked out to be completely off of the “normal” schedule associated with a day a preschool.  She would have cried to know that not every gift her eyes saw was for her.

And so, we skipped it.  It was the right thing to do.

This year?  My oh my.  What a difference a year makes.

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This girl?  She stole the show.  She stole the show wearing a dress her big sister wore years ago and I am just undone.

I mean, the other kids were all great, too.  But this year?  This year was all about the bright light blazing forth from this child.

She sang the songs.  Okay, maybe not all of the right words, but still.  She sang the songs… in a language she has known for less than two years.

She did the motions.  She moved and grooved, all with a smile on her face.

She sat still when it was time to sit still.  Her focus?  It’s becoming sharper every day.

She went to the class party afterwards.  She exchanged books, she ate snacks, and watched other people open gifts.

These things may not seem like a big deal to you.  But they are.  They are a huge deal.

Grateful for her and for the ability to see change happen right in front of my eyes.

And so, we start our Christmas break, which I’m sure will be all things merry and bright with a sprinkling of crazy added into the mix.

 

 

 

 

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