Surprises in Riley World have evolved considerably over the years. What could have been a trigger for a meltdown when he was 4 or 5, became upsetting at age 10, tolerable at 13 and manageable at 15. What brought about these changes? Honestly, I really can’t say for sure. I think it was a variety of things. Some of it was due to maturity, some things we worked on consciously and a LOT we discovered by fluke. ;P
Here are a few examples that can still send shivers up and down my spine:
Good Surprise: Bringing home McDonald’s for R when he wasn’t expecting it.
Not-so-Good: Opening the bag to realize they packed a “Large” fries instead of a “Medium” fries.
Good Surprise: Finding all but one of the Land Before Time plushies.
(I buy them anyways hoping he won’t notice…are you kidding…OF COURSE HE’LL NOTICE!)
Not-so-Good: Getting all but one of the Land Before Time plushies.
(YES HE NOTICED…AND he kept asking where the other one was!!!)
Good Surprise: Staying in a hotel with a pool.
Not-so-Good: Heading to the pool (R has goggles on of course) only to find the pool is closed for maintenance.
Good Surprise: Watching his favourite movie on a handheld device when you’re out.
Not-so-Good: The battery dies after 10 minutes.
And finally, R’s latest “obsession”:
Good Surprise: Getting the free Realtor pads of paper used as advertisement.
Better Surprise: Getting the “Kasha Riddle” pads of paper (she uses glossy paper!)
Not-so-Good: Getting the pads of paper that aren’t the “right” size.
Although R can still have difficulty expressing his wants/needs verbally, the “not-so-good” surprises are usually “manageable” and fewer and farther between. I never thought I would agree with the saying “This too shall pass”…yet the possibility doesn’t see so far fetched anymore.