This evening was family movie night. A few weeks ago we picked up some movies at Blockbuster and haven't had a chance to watch them. This evening was the night to watch "Marley & Me". First off I need to do more research on a movie prior to watching it with my children. Great story line. Kids laughed at Marley and all the silly things he'd do. Then the end comes when Marley is getting older and not as spunky as he once was. Airen was curled up with daddy and Mara was on my lap. The end is where the kids are saying their good byes and mom is crying. Dad takes Marley to the vet and the news isn't good. Poor Marley is going home to the heavens to run and play with no pain or troubles again. I look at Airen and his face is about to crumble. He hugs Doug and says "that was sad, I think I'm going to cry". By this time Doug and I are in tears along with Airen. Mara is running around to us telling us ''you no cry, it's okay''.
How ironic it is that we watch this movie though. Our dear family dog Sadie is getting up there in age and seeming to have more and more troubles as the days go on. My parents are doing their best to keep her comfortable and like in "Marley & Me" are just waiting for that sign that Sadie has had enough and is ready to be at peace. I guess in some way watching "Marley & Me" was a good teaching opportunity for Doug and I as parents to prepare Airen for the day he goes to Naw & Pop-pop's and Sadie isn't there. As parents you don't want to discuss death with your children but for us I think the movie was a good lead into what could be in our near future. Airen didn't want to go to sleep alone in his bed. Instead he crawled into my lap and I held him like a baby until he fell asleep. I have the most loving and compassionate little boy!!!
Just yet another reason I love Autism!! Just when I don't think Airen understands something he goes and does something like tonight and reminds me that he's just like any other child around just with a few more bumps in the road we travel.