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Dear Santa: Letter from a Parent of a Child with Special Needs

Alethea Mshar
Special needs mom and Blogger
12/21/17  2:30 PM PST
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Dear Santa,

I keep seeing commercials on TV for things like cars and jewelry. Don’t get me wrong, that looks lovely, and I wouldn’t mind either of those things, but as a special needs parent, there’s so much that’s more important to me this Christmas. I hope you see me taking care of my kids with their complex needs, I do the best I can, even though I always wish I could do more or better. Some days I’m convinced that a lump of coal is all I deserve. That’s actually why I’m writing, I get overwhelmed by the needs, and just a few little things would make things so much better; not just for me, but more importantly for my kids.

  • Patience. I try so hard to keep my patience, but it always seems to be running thin. If you could stretch it just a little bit every day, it sure would help.
  • Sleep. That might help with the patience too. I can’t remember the last time I felt well-rested. Maybe just a truly good night’s rest once in awhile would do the trick, but if you’re feeling generous, a night or two a week of sleeping through the night would be life-changing!
  • A healthy New Year. Yeah, a year is a lot to ask, but it seems natural after Christmas to think about the coming year. I just so hope that some day my child will get a whole year of good health!
  • Just one “normal” day. I realize that this one isn’t going to happen,but I can’t help but dream of one whole day without giving medicine, doing procedures, and all those necessary things that really kinda suck. I don’t know what we’d do with the extra time, and my sweet boy would be over the moon! That would really be a holiday!
  • A few less appointments, phone calls, and driving. I don’t even begin to know where to thin out the bunch, but maybe, just maybe it could happen.
  • I realize that a healthy New Year and a normal day are big ones, and that it might even be impossible to get rid of some of the appointments, so if that’s too much to ask, could you send a bit of extra joy our way, and people to lend us their joy and strength and patience when ours runs low?
  • If nothing else, I think that coffee and chocolate would help an awful lot. Is there some kind of magical refillable cup you could send?

Thank you in advance, Santa!

I’ll be sure to leave you milk and cookies and a few carrots for the reindeer.

With Love,

A Special Needs Parent

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