When it came time to wrap up all the gifts and get them ready for the kids, I felt so sad, so ashamed. There were about 20 gifts for Isabelle, and just 3 for Nathan. It broke my heart. It’s not that we have favorites. It’s just that Isabelle loves anything and everything, she is so easy to buy for. She loves arts and crafts and dolls and music and .. well… pretty much everything.
What can you get a little boy that is too smart for simple cause and effect toys? Too physically impaired to manipulate toys that are more cognitively appropriate? He loves to play with toy guys (he loves shooting people) so we got him 2 of those. He likes playing with cars so we got him one of those. He already has a gazillion books (he loves being read to) and every single disney movie and kids movie in the planet (I am not exaggerating). He already has a tricycle, which he decided he doesn’t like after all. I would love to get him so many things – an electric car, learning toys like leapster, dinosaurs like his cousins like or some of the cool toys out on the market…but he can’t play with them.
I’m realizing that we’re entering a stage now where there isn’t a quick fix for these things. Yes, I’m going to make it a mission to keep an eye out all year for toys that he might like for next Christmas. But this is the reality of Nathan’s condition. This is one of those inevitable side effects of paralysis.
On a good note, he enjoyed his Christmas very much anyways. He had a blast shooting people with his nerf guns. That boy has such a naughty sense of humor.