Halloween-pedida de dulces

Flooded one of the main roads. And there I was, stuck two hours with waves in a month and a few meters and M3 dressed Luigi frightened but not able … There we were more than an hour and nothing that we were advancing, I could not get through the Kukla to school, I He came back on the school bus and it took him almost two hours to get home.

By the time we (at last) we were all at home it was 5pm and the worst wind, a combination of snow and ice fell fast … We were able to convince the children to stay at home.
We were very quiet until one of the neighbors called to say they were waiting for us. We sheltered the children and left, they are only 3 houses away and the neighbor had prepared special bags for each child. His house was decorated very nice and when we went back he told us that several neighbors were waiting for us. Those who waited for us remembered that M3 is on the spectrum and that the Kukla has allergies, had prepared special bags and also had turned off the noises of their houses and had turned on the lights for us to know.
A total of four houses, a horrible wind that frightened M3 and Chico greatly and for me a perfect feeling of affection.
We live in a street where nothing ever happens, where we almost never see the neighbors and where there are no more children. Said Mark (the inciting neighbor) that the monkeys reminded them of their own grandchildren. He knows that M3 has some difficulties and without breaking privacy took care of preparing others.
How beautiful is the beautiful, how beautiful are the good and sincere people.

Mega Fiesta de Halloween

Thinking about how we were going to spend the afternoon evading things that annoy M3. M1 was Mario, Luigi’s M3 and the Mermaid Kukla.

The party was in the Kukla school, and although it is a school with “few” students, they are still 200 children with their respective families. The pachanga started at 6pm and in Chicago at that time it is getting dark, it was also disguise.

M3 to used disguise in the previous years, we went out to ask for candy but he never let go of the boy’s hand or mine. In the past, we have avoided going out too late or going through very scary houses. Our neighbors know that M3 is on the spectrum and never fail with their details (we are very lucky).

So the five of us were going to unknown land. The first step was to interrogate with the other parents how the revolú was. Everyone agreed that they were not allowed to be afraid, but that if they turned off the lights. This year’s theme was “Alice in Wonderland”, ugh! goodness.

At 6 we got to school, and walked half a block. The boy charged M3 to the entrance and the solito asked to put on the mustache of the disguise (YAY !!) Let us take a photo and smile from ear to ear. When we arrived at the door, the Queen of Hearts welcomed us … “today I will not ask for any head” and M3 began to ask “head? Of what? Why? For what?” , Let’s all is always taken very literal, so began to walk with a hand on the neck in case the flies.
We started the parade down the corridor and there was the river of people, I went down to tell M3 that everything would be fine and I smile. He did not release his hand but he encouraged himself to walk and reach out to receive the candy. We met witches, cats, Luke Skywalker, and about 40 girls dressed as Elsa.
The Boy was coming forward, and suddenly the witch of Oz appeared to offer sweets, he gave his hand to M3 and that unexpected touching won us tears. The boy charged M3 and explained that everything was fine, mistrusted M3 continued until we got to a table to paint, there sat down and stayed there for about an hour, painting carefully not to get dirty anything.

No le quitábamos la mirada, estábamos fascinados de ver que todos los pequeños progresos de M3 estaban siendo utilizados en el día mas loco del año y sin mayor percance. Había una niña sentada frente a M3 que gozaba de embarrarse con todo y M3 estaba espantao, así que decidió que era mejor emprender la retirada.

De regreso nos encontramos con un zombie y lejos de asustarse, no dejaba de preguntar si no le daba asco estar sucio. Unos pasos mas adelante estaba Blanca Nieves con todo y pajarito en el hombro y eso le causó terror. Lloró un poco, pero se calmó cuando nos cruzamos con otro Mario.

La fiesta culminaba con un laberinto en el patio (a oscuras) para buscar al Gato Cheshire creepy, y a M3 simplemente no le agradó la idea. En ese momento, llegó SUPER MARIO al rescate, le aseguró a Luigi que era una misión para atrapar a Koopa. Luigi no convencido del todo se quedó parado, hasta que la sirena le dijo que ella también iba “si fuera miedoso yo no iría”. Luigi entró de mano de la sirena y Mario iba por delante cuidando de ellos.

El Chico y yo nos quedamos muertos de orgullo y ternura afuera.

It was a successful night, we not only overcome the montonera and the darkness but also we learned of the majors. The patience, love, empathy and understanding they have developed leaves us mute and with a thousand hearts. Friday 31 was another story …. but that’s for tomorrow that this mom is like a frog (haha)

Halloween y autismo

He put on the pumpkins (and they were divine! Eye with the eyelashes of Kukla’s pumpkin) and I have not yet put the altar of dead and not talk about the cookies!

Between the runs of school runs to school to college, therapies and extra curricular, the days are missing hours BUT wherever we take the time to be able to do everything we have to do.

The monkeys love Halloween and are already ready for the respective chocolate empache. However, this year things will be different. M3 is already four years old and ready to go “trick or treat” without having to hold Mom’s hand all the time.

His disguise is ready for everything and so is he but this year we are going to a big party and I know he can get out of control. M3 is on the autistic spectrum and so far we have always had total control of the houses we wear and the sweets they give.

Today is the party and it will be different because I have no control over the noise, the pile of people, the light or the people who will want to touch the dwarf.

I already did the respective task and found out everything, we are going to throw to our first Halloween party in big! Today, Chico and I are going to miss a VIP invitation that we have been waiting for and we exchange everything for a treat or trick with 200 children.

May God catch us confessed, that Darwin fish us with the best rational resolution and that we can enjoy the party as it should 🙂

¿Por qué festejamos Halloween?

El año pasado una amiga mía de Ecuador me preguntó que porque festejábamos Halloween si no somos estadounidenses. La respuesta más simple es, porque vivimos en Estados Unidos.

Pero va más allá de eso, mucha gente piensa en Halloween como una fiesta “pagana”,¿pero que no todas las fiestas son? Para mí el Halloween es solo un festejo donde los enanos se pueden disfrazar y salimos a pedir dulces, además que me traen maravillas de manualidades de la escuela J La emoción que les provoca a mis monkeys este festejo es único, es en realidad la única festividad que es solo para ellos donde no tienen que engalanarse para nadie y donde ellos escogen lo que harán.

Volviendo a los Estados Unidos, sería tonto no hacernos a las costumbres del país donde vivimos. Si tratamos de conservar al máximo quienes somos y de dónde venimos pero parte de nuestro crecer es reconocer y abrazar la cultura de la que ahora formamos parte.

Este año vi en Facebook muchos niños en países hispanohablantes que celebraron Halloween, vi también muchas críticas y muchos chistes al respecto. Repito, no le veo el daño que se pueda causar al permitirles a los niños que tengan una celebración. Obvio, respeto a quienes han decidido no hacerlo y se mantienen al margen de esta fiesta.

Les voy a contar de los disfraces que usamos este año. Monkey1 fue Capitán América, estaba de lo más contento con su disfraz que incluía escudo y músculos! Monkey2 fue Rapunzel, no pudo usar su larga cabellera rubia porque llovió mucho, pero se veía radiante con su traje morado. Monkey3 fue Thor, también con músculos y un mazo que le tuvimos que confiscar muy temprano en la mañana.

Debido a la lluvia solo recorrimos cuatro cuadras, pero el resultado fue buenísimo! Además que este año la gente generosa hasta ofreció barras grandes de chocolate Crunch obviamente destinadas a la mami.

Ahora nos preparamos para festejar mi feriado favorito, el Día de Acción de Gracias. Una costumbre sumamente estadounidense, pero  que todo el mundo debería adoptar porque no hay nada mejor que siempre dar gracias y recordar lo generosa que es la vida con nosotros.