Wednesday, December 3, 2008

The Bi-Polar Express

'Tis the season to go crazy...fa la la la la, la la la la. I've seen it first hand. I was at Mervyns the other day and this little boy, who was about three, had a major mental meltdown. He had had enough and was making a big scene sobbing very loudly. A few people looked at him and smiled - except one little girl who stood there in amazement, like she was watching a freak show. He looked at her and through his sobs he shouts, "GO AWAY....(gasp)....PRETTY DRESSER!"

Then there is Mimi. The night I brought up the Christmas decor from the basement she had an absolute meltdown until I finally said, "We'll leave all this out and you can decorate tomorrow when you're not so tired." "I'M NOT TIRED!!!" she screams as she's crying.

Then yesterday as she was complaining about everything, including the molecules that surrounded her, she finally says in frustration, "AND - I didn't get any cuddles today!" I said, "Yes you did. I gave you some cuddles today." She says in her same frustration, "Yeah, but only about five or six!" I said, "Do you need more?" She puts down her guard and says, "Uh-huh." That was one problem easily solved. I wish they were all that easy.

Up. Down. Up. Down. Happy. Sad. Love. Hate. Laughter. Tears. What happened to September, when the weather was perfect, the kids were back to school and all was well? How many shopping days until Christmas?! ONE!!! I'll be at the mall on Christmas Eve getting everything in one trip! So if you're feeling a little bi-polar, join the club.


JaMean said...

Poor Mimi! :) I know how she feels. I need cuddles too, or I get cranky. (I even have mittens to prove it.)

Yes, we would LIKE the kids to go back to whatever their normal is. If a "high-functioning" child is having this much trauma, imagine MY classroom. AAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

Nicole said...

sigh, unfortunately I'm riding on the bi-polar express this year, too. we haven't even put up the tree. maybe we won't this year. :)

Kari said...

Right now my whole household is bi-polar! I'm freezing right now! Maybe I need to turn the heat up. Seriously, I think all of us need more "cuddles"! I could use a hug right now...:(