Autism and the Sleeping Ninja
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Have you ever been snuggled by a Ninja? It sounds nice in theory I guess; you imagine a child clad in a nice soft black Ghi snuggled up against you sweetly. Unfortunatly that is another false myth, much like the idea that all Ninjas are men or that Pirates could beat Ninjas in a fight (as if!)
In reality Ninjas, while stealthy during the day, become loud and lumbering in their sleep. There’s a reason you never see movies about the Ninja sleep-a-thon. Essentially, when asleep, Ninja’s transform in to over sized cacti made almost entirely out of elbows and knees. And please, out of courtesy for the poor Ninja’s privacy, let’s refrain from mentioning the snoring. Snoring that would raise an army during war time. Snoring that could alert the neighborhood to an incoming tsunami.
So when said Ninja climbed into bed with me the other night I was at first highly annoyed. There goes another night of sleep. But she rarely does this so I indulge her and snuggle up. She steals my pillow, hogs the covers and begins to snore. I am now pillowless and squished between her pointy elbows and my husband’s back. Eventually I doze off only to wake a few hours later when the sun came in my window.
When I woke up Buck Boom was warm against me, his arm wrapped around my waist and my head was deliciously comfortable on my pillow. I was curled around a sweet small child who was sleeping peacefully. For a moment the frantic Ninja had faded away and there was only my sweet girl. She smelled of sleep and sunshine and as I pulled her closer to me she woke slightly.
Morning Monkey, you stole a snuggle
*giggle* I did. Is it time to get up?
No monkey, let’s sleep a little more.
And with that she drifted back to sleep, her head now lying on my breast, her breath even and calm. I stayed up as the sun rose outside, running my fingers through her thick hair and watching her smile as she dreamed of fairies and cucumbers.
A stolen snuggle is sometimes all it takes to renew your hope for the days to come.