From the moment I entered this world decades ago, I have always had a unique connection to my mother. I would always know when it was her holding me and I instinctively associated her very presence with support and comfort. Perhaps it was because I had previously spent nine months growing inside of her. Or maybe it’s a survival instinct from nature. That’s just one of life’s many mysteries.
Both Christmas and Easter have an equally important story to celebrate. However when we compare the gift and spending aspects of the two festivities, we generally perceive Easter as being the lesser celebration.
Like the vast majority of six year olds, I was extremely excited from the realisation that I would be starting school in a month’s time. In Australia just about every school (independent or state school) has a uniform in which their students wear. One night in January mum brought my new uniform home for me to try on, just to see if it would fit. While I was wearing it I felt so grown up and asked mum if I could wear it all the time. Though I was told that I couldn’t wear it until I started school because it had to be clean for my first day.
Throughout my childhood, my personal view of Christmas literally changed with every passing year. Yet I’ll begin with my first four which occurred when I was 0-3 years old.
Due to a vast increase in diagnoses of autism (in addition to greater public awareness), children and adults with the condition are widely known to have what has been appropriately termed as “Special Interest”. Special interests are topics of which we have a kind of obsession about, and there may indeed be more than one of them. In my own case it’s the Harry Potter series, as well as an intense interest in my work as a writer and speaker.
I’ve previously written a blog called “Through the Eyes of a Newborn.” Now I’ll do the same kind of thing, except for it being about the next phase of my life, which was my toddler years. I’ll begin with my second birthday as that is the age a child generally begins to get called a toddler.