Tonight snooz and I went to a family bbq. I spent quite a bit of time observing snooz and I realised just how far he's come.
i watched snooz
play with a toddler, helping the Lo to stack blocks, not taking over or directing but interacting and sharing, chatting to him. helping serve food asking people he'd never met if they'd like something to eat not freaking out when a stranger ruffled his hair, but just coming to me for a quick hug smiling at people joining in conversations recalling stories (fairly accurately) giving random hugs to close family waiting his turn calmly when the birthday cake was being dished out. accept someone else sitting in the chair he'd recently vacated help clear up playing happily
on the journey home he talked about a few people he'd met....'he was funny wasn't he?'.....'she was very pretty'.....
I realised I was, calm, relaxed and able to have virtually uninterrupted conversations with people without keeping one eye and ear on alert.
and, if it wasn't for our journey so far I would probably not have appreciated all these little things!
Mum to Snooz, a quirky but fab 17 year old with ASD and Tourettes.
Mum to AS Big Fish (19, 16 years at home) and AS Little Minnow (13, almost 6 years at home), came separately, and now a wonderful, feisty horse who lets me escape from kids with attitude and the drudgery of disability services and a top of the range adapted van provided by the council fulfilling their legal requirements!