day 17/365 days of autism

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Many years ago, before I was a parent, I did a stint as a Santa photographer. Now that I’m a parent, I often reflect on how much importance some parents put on achieving the perfect Santa photo. It’s easy to become focused on how lovely it  is for friends and family to see your child perfectly groomed and smiling sweetly, perched on Santa’s knee. It’s also so easy to forget just how scary Santa can be from a young child’s perspective.

This photo was taken at the Special Childrens Christmas Party, and is Dom’s Santa photo for 2010. I was actually surprised we managed to get something this good and was thankful there were no tears, fears or meltdowns. Sometimes, you’ve just got to take what you can get. I’m constantly being reminded of the things that I once took for granted. By the same token, it’s a wonderful reminder of the things that matter and the things you can let go of.

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2 Responses to “day 17/365 days of autism”

  1. Liz Mellor says:

    that is so so beautifully written, in particular the last two sentences: “I’m constantly being remined to the things that I once took for granted” and “it’s a reminder of the things that matter and the things you can let go of”.

  2. Mel says:

    Thanks Liz. I was talking with Julie from AAACT about starting up an informal social group. She will be putting some information about it in an upcoming newsletter. I hope you can make it for a coffee and a chat. It would be lovely to get to know you better.

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