Many of you probably know the song…My Funny Valentine. On a recent trip, I came up with my own rendition of this song. My version had the same tune, but slightly different words. “My Funny Vampire…Sweet Little Vampire…Stay in the darkness, Vampire.” These were the only words that I could get out, before I heard complaints from the back seat. “I know that song is about me and it isn’t funny. Please stop!” Because we have worked on social coaching, I couldn’t continue my tune. He had asked in a polite voice for me to stop and continuing it would go against our consistent message. However, I can see why some might be tempted to ignore this polite request, because I was more than ready to come up with the next bar or two at that moment. With a lot of restraint, I did not continue it. But inside my head, I was on a roll!
The reason for the song is this, we call our son a vampire. He has always avoided the sunlight and on a warm day, much prefers an air conditioned house to outside. While in the car, he complains that the sun shines in his window and is too distracting or hurts his eyes. Of course, it also interferes with his video game viewing which frustrates him even more. My precious vampire gets hot very quickly. It might take us 30 minutes to embark on a journey outside, but we rarely spend more than 20 minutes before the negotiating begins. We wonder if this is due to his sensory issues and that any “uncomfortable feeling” such as being too warm, causes him more stress than most.
Truly, our whole family is a bit “vampirish.” We hibernate if it is hot and can be found in a movie theater (with our choice of seats) when others are flocking to the beach. However, if it is a comfortable 73 degrees and beautiful, I believe it requires some outdoor activities.
Earlier ths week, I tried to coax my little vampire outside. He gave me a disgusted look as if I should know that when he steps outside…he will instantly melt or explode! When I questioned him about it, he said…”I wouldn’t explode. More likely, I would implode.” He continued by saying…”Really Mama…My insides would cook before the melting began.” Sigh…
Instead of suggesting something that is obviously “sun realted” like a trip to the beach, I am trying a slightly different approach. Yesterday, I persuaded him that his Lego movie would have much better lighting outside. He agreed for awhile, before giving me a suspicious look and accusing me of tricking him to go outside. Guilty.
Today I am asking myself…Why should it matter if he stays inside most of the time? He can have fun and enriching experiences inside, right?! Honestly, I shouldn’t be surprised! This kid is unique in most other ways, so why should this be any different? Now I ask you, any other vampires out there?