“I see you, searching the toy aisle for a toy your child could *maybe* do independently.
I see you, buying an infant toy for your elementary age child.
I see you, buying items you’d buy anyways, but you need something – anything – under the tree.
I see you, wrapping gifts you know you’ll be unwrapping for your child.
I see you, wiping away a tear as you are reminded just how delayed your child is.
I see you, searching the internet for a toy and not a therapy item to give.
I see you, crying as you’re reminded during the entire Christmas season just how different your child’s life is.
I see you, trying to enjoy the magic of the Christmas season, although many of the traditions are hard for your disabled child.
I see you, making cookies your child won’t ever taste or touch.
I see you.
Christmas shopping can be a stark reminder of just how delayed your child is. To be honest, the entire Christmas season can be difficult. The magic. The traditions. All of it…unnoticed or not enjoyed by your child.
But I want you to know, I see you.
I am you.
You’re not alone.”
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