2018 December 11 Tuesday in Cedar Park and Liberty Hill, Texas
32° overnight and reached 56° under clear a sky.
Last year one of the kids (11 to 13?) who came to see me was Ian. He has Downs syndrome and is semi verbal, he talks but is difficult to understand. He made a big impression on me. It was a slow day last year and after the pictures were taken, I was able to spend extra time with him while his mother looked over the photos. He sang Rudolph the red nose reindeer to me. We pretended that my big chair was the sleigh. After Mom was done with the pictures, Ian went to her, kissed her, and told her goodbye, he was staying with Santa.
Today it was time to change shifts of Santas. I had picked up my stuff to leave and the sign had been in place that Santa was feeding his reindeer and would return in 15 minutes. That's when I saw Ian and his mother. I waved them in past the sign. We got photos and I visited with him for a little bit. When Mom came to get him today, he laid his head against the arm of the chair and pretended to be asleep. He still wants to stay with Santa. How can you not love a kid like that? I'm still smiling.
God bless you and g'nite.
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