People are asking me if there is anything they can get me or Sue for the holiday. My answer is always the same. I tell them that we are good, but Ryan is not. He always needs something. Then I direct hem to his wish list and donation pages.
Even Sue and I don’t give each other gifts any longer. Well, not in the same way, that is. It’s just not practical to spend on ourselves when there is a greater need in our family. We both would feel guilty as hell. The concept of gift giving has taken on a whole new approach since Ryan was brutally beaten (by Austin Vantrease and Jonathan May, both of Newark, Delaware).
So, we compromise.Let me explain. Like this year, we got “each other” a floor mopping robot to use on the lower level where Ryan spends most of his time. Past years gifts included a Vitamix (which is a blender on steroids) and patio heater. Now, we’re not whipping-up margaritas or salsa in the Vitamix, for sure. We use it exclusively for Ryan’s medications and nutrition. The patio heater is for one purpose, and one purpose only… to allow more days to have Ryan outside.
Ah, Merry Flippin’ Christmas!
It’s okay though. We like it this way. You won’t find me complaining that I’m not mopping the entire lower level floor any longer! Even better is it gives me an extra twenty to thirty minutes each day to work with Ryan. Time that we use to spend sweeping and mopping. You know what? It might just be the perfect gift… given our circumstances.
Of course, Sue picked it out. Hey, I’m just not that creative. Besides, I really didn’t even realize how close Christmas was until last week. But can you really blame me for not knowing since they have advertised for it since mid-October?