Countdown to November

26 Oct

As November approaches, Alphonse senses something special is coming up and acts giddy and excited. It doesn’t hurt that another long break is overdue, what with the All Saints’ Day/All Souls’ Day holidays coinciding with most schools’ semestral break. Despite Alphonse’s lack of knowledge and concern about dates, he gets a lot of cues from the people around him and instinctively anticipates the coming days.

I can’t help but feel giddy as well. The OC (short for Okasaneko Chronicles, but funny how it simply dawned on me now that another form of OC is perfectly apt for me- obssessive compulsive, heehee) 3rd Blog Birthday Giveaways will be starting on November 3  and all the people I’ve asked for support has responded very favorably. Even HerWord.com, BusinessWorld’s e-zine for women, is sending a gift for giveaway! Yippee!  The mechanics will be up very soon so please watch out this week for more news on the giveaway.

To get Alphonse prepped for his birthday road trip, we started him on short trips again. His behavior looks very promising. He has been very well behaved on our short trips and save for some minor shouting (he does love his verbal stims), there have been no major problems with grabbing or running away. Two weeks ago, at the grocery store, Alphonse wanted to ride the shopping cart the way he used to when he was a small child. I can’t help but smile when I remember how he took off his size 8 shoes and tried to lift one leg to put inside the large shopping cart. He’s almost five feet five inches now so the sight of him inside one can’t be considered cute anymore. Good thing he’s very pliable these days and we were able to convince him to walk with us instead.

Yesterday was another holiday because of the local barangay elections. Taking advantage of another free day, we decided to start Alphonse’s day with a visit to Granny Flower’s ossuary (Granny Flower is A’s mom).

Then it was off to  my Mom and Dad’s house for a visit. We didn’t stay too long, though. We wanted to give him an hour or two at the mall before it was overrun with people.  We also wanted to tire him out by walking the stretch of the SM North EDSA Sky Garden’s 400-meter covered walk way.

Alphonse was met with a lot of curious stares as his dad and big brother held his hands while walking. He didn’t seem to mind the gawking; in fact, he had a ready smile for everyone he crossed paths with.

He fell in love with this overgrown pumpkin decoration and sat down and fiddled with it before we could entice him to walk again. He even laid down a few seconds on the grass right beside it.

But we made sure to keep our promise of afternoon merienda (snack). Food is always a highlight of any trip for him and he loves Ineng’s succulent pork barbecue on a stick. He had one while sitting, another one while walking back to the car, and a third one inside the car. When we got home, he ate two more! This boy can definitely eat!

It doesn’t take much to make him happy, as you can see.  We didn’t even have to spend for anything other than food. At yet, at the end of the day,  you can tell by his smiles and kisses that he absolutely loves these mini-dates. Here’s crossing our fingers he’ll love our birthday surprise for him!

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6 Responses to “Countdown to November”

  1. Julie October 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm #

    Happy birthday in advance Alphonse and we are excited to read about the your special day, even if this is a few days away yet 😀

    • Kittymama October 27, 2010 at 10:56 am #

      Thanks, Teacher Julie! It already feels like an early Christmas in the house as Alphonse’s excitement is very contagious. 🙂

  2. Slamdunk October 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing Alphonse’s story and happy birthday. He sounds like a wonderful kid. We have a 4 year old on with an autism-related disorder and the behaviors and challenges sounds familiar.

    With the stares at the hand-holding–I say let them look at love.

    • Kittymama October 27, 2010 at 11:00 am #

      He is a wonderful kid. He’s funny and excitable and he can be a handful, but he is a kid, after all.

      Thank you for the encouragement. We often hold his hands to keep him from wandering and we’ve endured our share of stares but you’re right (and I love how you said it)- “let them look at love.”

  3. Lyra October 27, 2010 at 2:08 am #

    I’m all excited for Alphonse’s birthday

    • Kittymama October 27, 2010 at 11:00 am #

      Us too! Us too! 🙂

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