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For the past several years, someone has left flowers on my front porch steps on Mother’s Day.  Not bouquets in vases but flowers in pots, ready to be planted.  Different kinds each year, but always flowers.  I think it started the first Mother’s Day after Jonah went away.

This year on Mother’s Day I returned from visiting Jonah with my mom and saw the flowers there again, as always – a pot of bleeding hearts this time with a card from Boo, the handwriting unrecognizable (deliberately, I presume).

Always the flowers make my day.  A magician has come, I think to myself.  Someone who knows I drive to visit Jonah every Sunday.  Someone who wishes to remain anonymous…who knows my Mother’s Days are never all that happy since Jonah left, no matter what the day is like.

I used to think of all the possible magicians, trying to identify who in my life could possibly be that dedicated to this.  To me.  Since the flowers started coming, they have never stopped.  Year after year – for 6 or 7 years now without fail, I am visited by a magician who places flowers on my steps and slips away.  This simple, loving, ever-faithful gesture touches my heart more than I can say.

Of course I plant the flowers every year, usually a week or so after I get them.  I like to keep them inside for a while first, so I can look at them, smile, and think about whomever gave them to me – enjoying the mystery of the magician’s annual appearance.

This year, it finally occurred to me: the magician probably reads my blog.  How else would they be certain I’m not home when they arrive every Mother’s Day?  How else would they know I call Jonah Boo? After all, I rarely do so outside this blog.  The already small field of possible magicians narrows.  But I respect their desire to remain anonymous, and I do not intend to ferret them out.

Every year, though, I find myself wishing I could thank the magician.  And now that I am pretty sure they read this blog, I can.

In a “cosmic coincidence” kind of way, this is remarkably similar to a fictional scenario I love and have read many, many times:  the story of Sara Crewe, my all-time favorite heroine in my all-time favorite book, A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

At one point in our heroine’s story, she is poor, hungry and living in the dingy attic of a fancy girls’ boarding school.  One day she wakes up to find the attic suddenly and inexplicably transformed with little folding chairs, blankets and pillows, books, steaming tea and little sandwiches set up on a little table, a fire in the long-unused fireplace, and beautiful tapestries on the walls.  Sara is astounded.

Every day the magician, for that is what she calls him, brings more and more little pleasant things to make her happy.  She loves the magic of it and abandons herself happily to the mystery as well, enjoying all that is brought to make her sorrow-filled servant life happier.  But one thing nags at her, and she relates this to Becky, her fellow scullery maid:

“I can’t help thinking about my friend,” Sara explained. “If he wants to keep himself a secret, it would be rude to try and find out who he is. But I do so want him to know how thankful I am to him—and how happy he has made me. Anyone who is kind wants to know when people have been made happy. They care for that more than for being thanked. I wish—I do wish—”

She stopped short because her eyes at that instant fell upon something standing on a table in a corner. It was something she had found in the room when she came up to it only two days before. It was a little writing-case fitted with paper and envelopes and pens and ink.

“Oh,” she exclaimed, “why did I not think of that before?”

She rose and went to the corner and brought the case back to the fire.

“I can write to him,” she said joyfully, “and leave it on the table. Then perhaps the person who takes the things away will take it, too. I won’t ask him anything. He won’t mind my thanking him, I feel sure.”

So she wrote a note. This is what she said:

I hope you will not think it is impolite that I should write this note to you when you wish to keep yourself a secret. Please believe I do not mean to be impolite or try to find out anything at all; only I want to thank you for being so kind to me—so heavenly kind—and making everything like a fairy story. I am so grateful to you, and I am so happy—I used to be so lonely and cold and hungry, and now—oh, just think what you have done for me! Please let me say just these words. It seems as if I OUGHT to say them. THANK you—THANK you—THANK you!

THE LITTLE GIRL IN THE ATTIC.

The next morning she left this on the little table, and in the evening it had been taken away with the other things; so she knew the Magician had received it, and she was happier for the thought.

And so, just like Sara, I get to say:

Thank you for being so kind to me—so heavenly kind—and making everything like a fairy story.  THANK you—THANK you—THANK you!

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Sometimes Boo’s autism feels like a chess game.  Right now we keep putting that motherfucker in check.  We’ve learned, studied the books about moves and counter-moves, strategies and systems, and we are all becoming a better opponent.  Check.

The pendulum has slowed to teeny movements of to and fro –  a weakening player in the game.  Check.  I believe this because I need to believe this, no matter how many times the forward motion is halted, no matter how many times I lose a chess piece or a piece of my mind.  It’s as simple as it is difficult to learn and accept.

Do I sound “crazy”?  All these mixed metaphors.  I feel it these days, the crazy, all alien and weird inside my house where I work and am alone with a cat and a dog and no kids and no definition of myself to embrace.  It’s okay.  It’s okay, I tell myself.  Everything is okay.  Boo is doing so well, and you have escaped the rat race, and now there is peace in your home.

Still I am alien, a unicorn among moms who either have their children or they don’t.  And if one is gone there are others left behind.  The truth is I don’t want other children with me here to raise and figure out while Boo is away from me.  We only wanted one child, Andy and I.

But I am blessed and I am grateful and really all it takes to bring me back is to walk away from the chessboard, take a deep breath, and allow myself to be filled with those feelings of gratitude and grace.  There isn’t anything to fear, and worry is a waste of my time.  As I get older I realize more and more that everyone has their own shitpile, visible or no.

The pain we feel and the desire to feel happiness is what makes us most common as human beings, after all.  You are never alone, and neither am I.

I’m going into blah blah blah mode.  Red light!

Everything since last I wrote has been pretty much awesome with Boo.  Mother’s Day he was happy and sweet, and I’ve got lots of cute pics to share from our visits.  I am so lucky to have such a  precious son!

Jonah and me on Mother's Day 2014

Jonah and me on Mother’s Day 2014

The Mother's Day card Jonah made for my in school.  His teacher even mailed it to me!  This is side one...

The Mother’s Day card Jonah made for my in school. His teacher even mailed it to me! This is side one…

...and side two, which put a lump in this mama's throat...

…and side two, which put a lump in this mama’s throat…

Happy boo having quiet time on the big blue bed

Happy boo having quiet time on the big blue bed

We had to wait an hour and ten minutes for the doctor this time, and Boo was sooo good!  Much thanks to P and J, who bring him up from Anderson to the doc appointments and keep Boo from boiling over!

We had to wait an hour and ten minutes for the doctor this time, and Boo was sooo good! Much thanks to P and J, who bring him up from Anderson to the doc appointments and keep Boo from boiling over!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

hanging out with grandma

hanging out with grandma

very silly boy. (no, i did not let him lick the $10 bill he's holding).  lol

very silly boy at another doc appointment. (no, i did not let him lick the $10 bill he’s holding). lol

I can't believe how big he is!

I can’t believe how big he is!

People say he looks like me.  Here's me at 10 years old.   What do you think?

People say he looks like me. Here’s me at 10 years old. What do you think?

Love to all…. & sending prayers and strength to my peeps in the autism groups I belong to on FB.

 

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