Friday, December 31, 2010

Reflections on the Past Year

While New Year’s just doesn’t match up to Christmas in terms of kids’ anticipation, our son is still looking forward to it. We are all staying in on New Year’s Eve and Kai is planning to stay up past midnight to ring in the new year. My wife and I told him that we’re not sure that we can stay up that late ourselves, and he said not to worry, that he will wake us up if we fall asleep.

Last New Year’s Eve, he also said that he wanted to stay up late, but around 10 o’clock, he told us that he was ready for bed. I have a feeling that this time he will last at least a little longer.

Things change in one year, and Kai’s ability to stay up later on New Year’s Eve is but one measure of the change. As we reflect on 2010, we can see that a lot did indeed happen in the past year.

Our son started the year in kindergarten at our neighborhood school, but had to transfer when things did not work out well. At his new therapeutic school, he received more attention and had opportunities that matched his needs. He had some difficult times along with the good, but overall he made progress and reached Level 2.

We had a lot of fun moments. There was our crabby vacation and visits with grandparents. We played sports and played games. We celebrated Mom’s birthday. Of course, holidays are always a big occasion and we enjoyed everything from Passover to Hanukkah, Halloween to Thanksgiving to Christmas.

It is hard to imagine what 2011 will bring. But, knowing Kai, it will be full of surprises. I can’t wait to find out how it all turns out.

Happy new year, everyone!

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