The Difference of Rudolph (#178)

Rudolph is in and so is Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, according to the young music critic in the black car’s backseat.
Charlie and I were driving back home from his verbal behavior session down a highway brightly lit by a multitude of chain-store signs: White Castle. Hess. Honda. CVS. He was quiet after two hours of sorting, talking, teasing Miss Cindy and a full day at school in which he started a new reading program.

I turned off the CD player and–’tis the season–sang about Rudolph–“All of the other reindeer / used to laugh and call him names….“; about jingling bells and about asking old St. Nick not to “tell a single soul what I’m going to say.” As I was going through the business about Santa Claus knowing “when you’re awake and when you’ve been bad or good, / So be good for goodness sake!,” I heard a definite

“HI” from the back seat. Meaning “hey there, knock it off!”

Charlie has been upset by another child in his class screaming. When his teacher asked if he would like to take a walk outside, Charlie said “no”: Was Charlie afraid that he had been bad and was in trouble, and had to leave his pleasant classroom?
Rudolph, with his nose like a neon tomato, is excluded from joining in “any reindeer games” by his peers. So he runs away, teams up with Hermey the aspiring dentist elf, and journeys to the Island of Misfit Toys where he meets the doll who cries and the polka-dotted elephant (and the Abominable Snowman with the toothache and, I would imagine, the noseless green rabbit–an Easter present from my sister–whom Charlie has dubbed “Teddy Bear”). Santa, though, is able to see Rudolph’s unique ability and to say “Rudolph with your nose so bright / Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?.”

Rudolph is a different kind of reindeer, but if he weren’t, what would Santa do?

Charlie is a different kind of boy, but if he weren’t, who would be my guide in Autismland?

4 Responses to “The Difference of Rudolph (#178)”
  1. Eileen says:

    Our “bright” smiling children will lead us through the foggy days in Autismland. We will all find our way together!

  2. gretchen says:

    Merry Christmas Kristina, Jim, and Charlie! Thank you for your friendship.

    I tried to get Henry to eat “Chinese noodles” last night (lo mein), but he wouldn’t go for it. He just kept asking for “pasta with tomato sauce.”

  3. kcsmom says:

    Have a great holiday, Kristina, Jim and Charlie and a great New Year!

    Tina and K.C.

  4. Wade Rankin says:

    Thanks for helping to guide our sleighs. Merry Christmas to you, Jim, and especially Charlie.

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