So Oliver has not been coping very well with the changes and excitement of the festive period. He knows that it’s nearly present time and after doing his list, well one item, he had a wobbler because as far as he was concerned he’d asked and waiting was not part of his deal. He knows the advent calendar counts down and then he gets a present so was just trying it on. Popples isn’t sleeping as there’s a million questions to be answered about Jesus, Father Christmas, angels, Mary/Gabriel/Joseph triangle, playmobil, puppies and star versus fairy for the tree top, to name a few topics we’ve been dealing with.
The last few weeks we’ve had to take bits in for the Christmas fair. We never actually go to it. It’s so busy and loud that Olly just can’t deal with it. This year as Emily is on maternity I asked if she’d come collect him while I took Popples to the fair. I went to inform the office staff but then the conversation took an unexpected turn. One of the teachers had heard and said “why not come earlier? Before school finishes so you can at least do some stalls”. Then the Senco popped into the office and they decided that they would offer kids like mine the chance to be collected 15 minutes earlier so they didn’t have to deal with the crowds and could take part.
I went early to pick them up and they met me in the hall. They’d seen it all being set up all day. Popples was a bit reserved as it was something totally new to her but Olly came in with a massive smile and bouncing with excitement. They adopted a teddy each, paying the money over and choosing their new soft toy with no pressure, no crowds, no loud noises. He signed thank you. They went on the chocolate tombola where Popples won a tub of Quality Street, the rainbow draw, find Rudolph and then they perused the cake stall. He had the opportunity to choose, pay and use his manners. Everyone was so patient and kind. It was lovely to do something with both my kids that everyone else gets to do. They were absolutely made up. She told her dad all about it, and Olly showed him his adopted Ubercorn.
I have to admit I felt a bit cheeky being allowed in without having to queue and hustle, but school said “don’t be daft”. They felt bad for not thinking of it before. Our kids don’t go to the discos (too loud), after school clubs (change of routine) and don’t get invited to many parties (still a mystery as to why) so at least they could help us to experience this. Six families got the chance to enjoy the Christmas fair this year who usually wouldn’t. We loved it. We felt part of a school event. We got to do it together. Popples and Oliver got to be like other kids for half an hour, choosing, playing games and paying their money. It doesn’t sound like much but to me it was a really big deal. I don’t think anyone realises how little tweaks can make such a difference and bring so much happiness to families like mine. Popples misses out on some things but when everyone talked about the fair, THIS year she got to join in!