And one of these is the one that children have for meeting Santa Claus and having the opportunity to talk with him, to tell him about what they have done and the gifts they would like to receive on these dates.
For a particular child, meeting Santa Claus was also a very special wish, but he worried his mother was not a good experience, because she suffers from blindness and autism. Fortunately, Santa Claus, with all his magic, kindness and patience, gave the little boy an unforgettable encounter.
Misty Wolf is the name of the mother of the child in question, little Matthew. He was born prematurely at 24 weeks of his mother’s pregnancy and because of this, Matthew presented retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) in stage 5, in which a retinal detachment occurs, which left him totally blind.
In addition to his blindness, Matthew was diagnosed with autism, so the experience of going to meet Santa Claus was something that worried Misty. Fortunately, everything went well and even, much better than she expected, as she tells through a post on her Facebook account.
“The best Santa in the world!
I whispered to Santa Claus “‘He’s blind and autistic, and he’s very interested in Santa Claus.” He replied “say no more” and immediately squatted to greet my little man.
He talked with Matthew for a long time. He let her touch his face and feel it. He told him to pull his beard, feel his hat and told him about his red suit. He asked Matthew if he wanted to feel anything special and Matthee said “his eyes that shine” (for the poem ‘A Visit of St. Nicholas’ by Clement C. Moore), so Santa allowed him to touch him and feel his eyes and all around him for as long as Matthew wanted.
Then Santa asked him if he had ever felt a real reindeer, and carried him to the area where they had a Christmas landscape. He and Matthew caressed the reindeer they had placed there. It was wonderful. My heartfelt full to see Matthew so interested.”
Misty’s post has been shared more than 96,000 times and has received more than 229,000 reactions on Facebook. Through the comments, we can realize how much it has touched those who read Matthew’s incredible experience when he met Santa, and they talk about how these kinds of actions remind us of the true meaning of Christmas: sharing and sharing the love.
Matthew may not be able to live Christmas in the same way as other children, but no doubt that endearing white-bearded and gentle-eyed character knew how to live up to it, and he gave mother and son one afternoon that they will never forget.