Only two days until Christmas and here's a little Christmas scene from the Exception To The Rule
Matty was in his pajamas, anxiously awaiting Santa and Julian. We were watching TV and sipping hot chocolate when Julian arrived, with a bagful of presents.
“Wow!” Matty responded as he greeted him at the door seeing all of the presents.
“Santa came to Chicago already and told me to make sure that these got to you,” Julian said, smiling.
“Mommy, look!” Matty exclaimed.
“You must have been a really good boy this year.” I smiled at Matty’s enthusiasm.
“Is it raining out?” I asked Julian, noticing his hair and coat were wet.
“It’s snowing,” he replied.
I walked over to the window and looked up at the full moon. There was a blanket of snow already on the ground as the snow continued to fall. I imagined what a picture perfect Christmas Eve this would have been, if only Matty weren’t sick.
“Snow!” Matty exclaimed as he looked out the window.
“Tomorrow can we build a snowman, please?” he asked Julian.
Julian looked at him sadly. “You know what, that isn’t very good snow for a snowman, why don’t you open up your presents?”
He slowly began to open the presents. He normally would rip through each one in no time. This year he just seemed to be missing the whole spark that he had at Christmas, making me very sad. He had finally gotten through the last one, trying to figure out which toy to play with first.
“Hey Matty, I think that Santa dropped off a present for your mom too,” Julian said as he pointed to a smaller wrapped box under the tree.
Matty quickly got up to retrieve the box, handing it to me. I was totally shocked, not at all expecting a gift from Julian. I opened it up revealing a beautiful gold bracelet. I immediately put in on my wrist, and it was a perfect fit.
“Thank you,” I said.
“Mommy, why are you thanking him? Santa brought it, silly.”
“Oh, that’s right, thank you to Santa.” I looked at Julian as he smiled.
Matty was so excited, he whispered in my ear asking if he could give Julian his present. I told him where it was as he went off to get it.
I waited until he was out of earshot. “Thank you. It’s really beautiful, you didn’t have to...” I was cut off by Matty, who quickly returned with Julian’s gift.
“This is from me,” he said proudly. “I picked it out all by myself, but Mommy had to pay for it because I don’t have money.”
Julian and I both laughed.
He opened it up slowly. “Wow, this is cool.”
Matty smiled from ear to ear. “Mommy says its waterprood.”
“Waterproof,” I corrected him.
He continued on, not missing a beat, “so next time we go fishing you can wear it and get it wet.”
“This is the best present ever, Matty.” Julian picked him up and put him on his lap. He gave him a hug and kiss. I grabbed my camera and took a picture of the two of them. I stared at the picture on my camera screen. It didn’t even look like my Matty. The only thing that I recognized were his beautiful blue eyes. That was the one thing that these treatments couldn’t take away from him. He looked truly happy in the picture and I took comfort in that.