Aaron saw the commercial for Pumpkins at the Park, and soon after he was telling Gary and me all about it. I had already seen posts about the event on Facebook and had told Gary that we should take Aaron, so with Aaron’s excitement already abounding I knew it was a match made in heaven. Tickets were ordered and plans were made to drive the mere mile and a half up the road to Tanganyika Wildlife Park on the following Saturday night to experience some pumpkin Halloween fun.
Aaron, who must plan multiple details before any occasion that he will attend, began to ask questions and to get his mind organized for our fun night. His list included:
- Will I need a coat?
- Will I need gloves?
- Will I need a hat?
- Will there be lots of people there?
- Will there be food to eat?
- Will the animals be out?
- What time will we leave?
- What time will we get home?
- Do we have tickets?
- Where are the tickets?
- Mom, why are you sighing?
I answered all but the last question…multiple times. Which is why I was sighing, but Aaron doesn’t know that. It wouldn’t matter if he did. He just knows Mom’s weird that way and by the way, “Will I need a coat?”
But this is Aaron, and we totally expect the repetitive questions and ultra-planning. His comfort level depends on it, and trust me, we want his comfort level to be high…especially since our comfort level is so closely tied to his. Like, totally tied to his. COMPLETELY TIED!!
OK. Moving on.
As Gary and I climbed into bed on Friday night, the monitor beside us on my nightstand turned on to listen for Aaron, I told Gary that I sure hoped Aaron wouldn’t have a seizure during the night. You see, a nighttime seizure nearly always means a daytime seizure or more the following day. I didn’t want Aaron’s much anticipated Pumpkins at the Park to be ruined.
Wouldn’t you know that at 11:58 I heard a seizure. My heart dropped more than it usually does. Why on this night of all nights must he have a seizure? I was so sad for Aaron as I went to help him, and then returned to my own bed when the seizure was over, and Aaron was safe.
Surprisingly, there were no more seizures that night. But in the morning, Aaron’s eyes and actions showed that he was still feeling the effects of just that one seizure. I feared more would certainly come. He couldn’t even stay awake for his coffee, and later slept on the couch for awhile.
Still, no seizure.
When he napped in his bed later that afternoon, I thought for sure he would have one because that is what’s typical. I listened closely as I carried the monitor with me around the house.
And still, no seizure.
All day long, as we worked outside and as Aaron hung out with our little neighbor’s boys next door, no seizures.
And that evening, there we were at Pumpkins at the Park.
Aaron was totally ecstatic, and that’s no exaggeration. He didn’t stop smiling the entire evening.
We went from this:
Look at his smile!! Isn’t that just awesome?!
He loved every single part of the park that evening. The scary:
And the sweetness:
Speaking of sweet, I especially love this sweet picture of Gary and Aaron walking on the path.
And I love the sweet touch from God we all felt on that day. It was sweet to spend that time together and not have it ruined by seizures.
Sweet to have this special memory tucked away in our hearts.
Thank you, God, for such a sweet touch from You!