Celebrating New Year’s Eve with the children has always been a challenge. They have different tastes and interests. It is especially difficult with Marie because she is deaf. Movies are okay for her with closed captioning, but she only has a first grade reading level, so most of the words are beyond her understanding.

On Christmas day hubby hit the jackpot. Our oldest son, Francis, bought him the entire collection of the Three Stooges! We took advantage of this thoughtful gift on New Year’s Eve. The whole family sat around the television, gourmet pizza in hand, and apple juice as our simulated alcoholic drink. And we watched the Three Stooges. For HOURS. From 2014 to 2015. Their slapstick humor, so completely socially inappropriate now, was so funny that we doubled over with laughter and tears ran down our cheeks. THE WHOLE FAMILY! ESPECIALLY MARIE!!!!! Near the end of the evening, Marie, who had been sitting on the couch next to her dad, leaned over and put her head on his shoulder and her arms around his robust body. Almost afraid to move lest he scare her away, he gently put his arm around her, and looked at me and smiled. This child, who has a serious attachment disorder and from whom affection has been doled out in minuscule doses, was cuddling with her dad!

Afterwards, when we were all laughed out and the morning was near, one by one we reluctantly sauntered off to bed. While hubby and I were cuddling before allowing sleep to take over, hubby began to cry. “Did you see how Marie cuddled with me?” he asked. “It was the best night of my life.”

Yes. Yes it was!


Comments on: "We Had a Rockin’ New Years Eve with the Three Stooges!" (38)

  1. Laughter and priceless cuddles–what a wonderful evening. Made me happy to read that!

  2. So precious! Laughter is wonderful medicine. It heals the broken places inside. Happy New Year! 😀

  3. I love this post! It is so filled with love, laughter, joy, and blessings. The entire family, together, laughing, loving one another, and bringing in a new year with much joy. Marie is a precious little girl.

  4. Who would have thought that Larry, Moe, and Curly would aid in the healing process of your child … what an amazing way to celebrate the coming of something new! I think that’s the epitome of HOPE! THANK YOU for sharing. Best blog post … ever!

  5. notsoquietmomma said:

    Tearing up happily for you

  6. Oh heart warming stuff 🙂

  7. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. We are grandparents of 2 children (One adopted and one in the process) who are struggling with some of the same issues. Yes those cuddles are priceless.

  8. Laughing together is one of the most healing and bonding experiences. Lovely to read.

  9. I love hearing about the spontaneous connections that your kids make! What a great way to bring in the new year with those cuddles!

  10. Oh yes! Tears in my eyes. One of our granddaughters is on the Autism Spectrum. She has come a long way in her 17 years, but there are standout moments like yours that are forever framed in our memories and cherished. (And she loves America’s Funniest Videos which make me cringe, but she is so happy when I watch with her and laughs out loud even at the ones she’s seen over and over. Never thought that show would have such good memories for me!)

  11. narniagal said:

    This is awesome!

  12. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post!! I had tears in MY eyes. I was a foster kid and struggle with bonding and also have an autistic son who does the same, just from a different angle. That moment of connection they shared was beautiful and must have been soul-warming to feel. 🙂

  13. I’m a lurker from far FAR away, just wanted to say this brought tears to my eyes.

  14. Bless you all, especially Francis for the great idea, and may you all have a very happy 2015.

  15. helpingu2bu said:


  16. What a great “gift” for the New Year! 🙂

  17. I love the Three Stooges. My 12 year old daughter, D’Andra, who has Down syndrome loves the vintage version of The Munsters. We watch that and laugh. So glad you had a wonderful New Year’s celebration with your kiddos!

  18. Aw…how special did your husband feel? People sometimes have a hard time understanding how truly beautiful and special those “rare moments” are for those of us who live with and/or work with special need individuals. It’s those special little moments that make us keep “coming back for more”….Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  19. sounds awesome!
    happy new my friend
    love lis

  20. Brought tears to my eyes as well. Amazing grace!

  21. Yay for a happy moment with Marie! We completely get it. Reading your blog keeps me going…..

  22. Wishing you many more years filled with laughter, and happy tears of joy!

  23. Such an absolutely AMAZING way to start the year. Happy New Year!

  24. Great to hear about Marie cuddling with her dad.
    I wish you and your family an amazing 2015!

  25. Sounds like you had a beautiful night together as a family. That bonding moment with Marie and your husband was a major step. I have attachment issues and they are hard to work through. Rhanks for sharing your beautiful moment.

  26. How beautiful! A sign of great things to come in 2015!

  27. delightfullydownin said:

    This left me yearly eyed. What a wonderful blessing!

  28. What a truly beautiful way to begin the New Year!

  29. Reblogged this on Souring With Autism.

  30. The first time my daughter’s foster son ran to welcome Danny home from work cracked everyone up.

  31. What a wonderful story! So great that you found something you all could enjoy! And what a joy it must have been to see that cuddling! Praising God for your New Year’s Eve!

  32. What a lovely post… Happy New a Year to you & your family…

  33. That was a special post…

  34. I almost started crying when your husband did. So very precious. God bless ya’ll.

  35. mrsmariposa2014 said:

    I ADORE this! It sounds like the kind of party my family could get down with! They are all Stooge fans!

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