Micro Machines many will remember as a 1980’s-1990’s craze.
So it’s currently 9:37pm…I’m on eBay and there are 10 seconds left… 6…5… PLACE BID!...You are the highest bidder…Congratulations you have won!! If only I could high five myself.
Oh my goodness, the relief.
My anxiety levels are reducing and my breathing returning to normal.
I have just won an eBay listing of a lot of 24 Micro Machines and I’m moving onto the next which has four minutes remaining.
You see my granny bought Cameron a Micro Machines set from a charity shop; vehicles of any kind are his THING!!
You should have seen the joy on his face playing in his bedroom, which mimics a Toys R Us catalogue, with this £2 treasure with a handful of Micro Machine cars.
Then he asks “Mum can I have some more Micro Machines for Christmas, 4 is not enough”...
How hard can it be getting your hands on some Micro Machines…very it would seem!
They are now classed as a vintage item after being discontinued in 2005!
So to cut a long story short so I can move onto the next example – after frantic bidding and all the family swapping what’s-app messages and eBay links
…he now has 68 Micro Machines!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; again we all love the original from 1971 and some not so much the 2005 remake.
Well Cameron as a chocolate lover found me watching the movie on a Sunday afternoon and came and sat down
…YES sat down on the sofa, next to me I might add, and was enthralled.
I’m now reaching for my phone and placing an order on Amazon for the DVD.
“Mum….. Can I go to the chocolate factory?”...Now this was a difficult one, what am I going to do now?
I sat down and explained to Cameron that this was a film and was not real, that he actually couldn’t visit the chocolate factory.
Now all my fellow autism parents–
He repeated his question and I just replied “We will see!” this bought me some time whilst he was now watching the movie for the 100th time.
A few years ago there was a bit of nostalgia for all things old school – luckily for geeky old me and now luckily for Cameron, I love a bit of this!
“Ohh emm gee, there are actual Wonka bar replicas with golden tickets…............ I’ll take five”.
Present day and I now took to the Internet to try and find another of these bars but as with the Micro Machines or anything cool…discontinued.
So again luckily me being a bit of a hoarder and mildly creative led me to a light bulb moment.
I bought a 30p bar of chocolate from the supermarket as it looked about the right size, I covered it in tinfoil with the golden ticket firmly inside, slid this into the outer sleeve and…voila, a replica Wonka bar of my own.
I wish I could attach the video of when he opened the Wonka bar and found his golden ticket;
imagine the moment Charlie Bucket opened it in that 1971 movie, starting with the top corner –
Cameron did the exact same.
He insisted on taking this into school and showing his friends etc…BUT the autism never too far away, very matter of fact:
“Eerrrmmmmm mum this says we have to go to the factory on the 1st February at 10am SHARP”... ok so my plan had a few holes!
I’m only human and can only doctor this so much.
So my point is – the above examples are just a few of many occasions where I feel that saying NO to my autistic child was just not an option,
Some I am not equally as proud of are:
• Chocolate for breakfast
• Using Coca-Cola as a bribery tool
• Letting him interrupt conversations
• McDonald’s everyday for god knows how long (not to face the meltdown of saying no)
I excuse my actions as not making him spoilt or not understanding the meaning of no but more.
Whilst he still grows and faces other struggles outside of my control, should I not try a little to go above and beyond to try and meet/exceed his expectations where I can.
To try and instil happy memories so that these one day out way the sad memories from autism that I am sure we will endure.
Please think of me working towards my current promise of a Disneyworld trip…
I know, and you know there are things that autism makes US do, not only our children.
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