Monday, May 3, 2010

W/0 April 27th – the week I missed

I was out of the home most of this week .

One of my colleagues – himself a devoted dad – says its like he missed a whole week of his kids

It is so very true especially in the way I travel

I compartmentalize to the nth degree – this is sort of easy because R does not like to talk on the phone and DH is too busy with building a garden shed to talk !

Random things disturb my equilibrium from time to time -
Dandelions on the road side, a neat row of Sprite at the focus group facility that I know would make R swoon with delight, someone ordering a pork chop- this one makes me miss DH quite terribly for the man loves his pork

( Work, chores and Floortime -do not allow for much only-us time between me and DH – except for our precious lunch dates- and now I miss him at all restaurant meals - when someone orders the things DH loves - disgusting-sounding things like pork-belly fat or when I cannot make DH order desert so I can eat it )

Its strange to think that when I travel- R and DH’s lives go on without anything of me

My character in our story re-enters in a subsequent chapter – having had nothing to do with the prior chapter!!!

This sounds forlorn

But it isn’t – if there is joy in indispensability( how much we love to be needed!) – there is great freedom in knowing that life goes on without me

I wonder if my mum and dad feel this way about me and my sister

Here are some random things we did these past 10 days


The weekend before I left we flew kites – this was a lot of fun .

My mustachioed DH flying a ladybug kite is a darling sight to see and R had a lot of fun( in the way R has a lot of fun )

He enjoys them slowly – seeming to ignore them when they are actually happening

And only being able to involve himself in it after its over

White board writing

Here I wrote down for R – that he had two options

1. Come with mom to Kohls

2. Stay home with Papa

As you can see R chose a third option

Not only is this an example of flexible response ( Person A responds to Person B based on what Person B said ) – far superior to choosing between two alternatives

Its also an example that R has chosen to respond using the same method I used – a written question begets a written answer

When we are at Kohls – he wants to go home and whines and tries to herd all of us together.

Funnily whenever he is stressed out – his pronunciation changes .

As a child who learned to speak through hyperlexia -under stress- he pronounces Home as Homey ( because that is what it reads like )


Scene - me intruding on to his TV show and R wants to be by himself as we have played together too much

Me : Shall we sing Up Down with Rocket

R : “Stand up.. walk” ( how interesting that he describes the physical actions I should take – rather than the more neurotypical statement –“ go away”)

Me : Pretend Crying – “Mama sad… “

R instructs : “Mama Happy” ( gives me sideways hug ..waits till I stop fake-crying and then )….Walk

When I am gone

I find one more way in which R uses his “Shee with Mother “. This time as a threat. After a scolding from his dad – he threatens his dad with “Sheep with Dadi “ ( granma )

Dr Stanley Greenspan dies at only 68 – I am devastated – he was truly the greatest mind in my opinion in Autism

When DH is hunting for the remote and asks R – R takes him to the rain water-harvesting tanker that Dh has created where R has dropped it –
DH is so entranced at how R remembered and confessed even though he knows it was a bad thing to do – that R gets only a fake scolding

The weekend after I return we buy a bike

I get Barbara’s book – how to cook with "mommy and me" – and inspired -I make pizza with R

We play and cook most of the weekend


Þorgerður said...

Glad you are back :) and I wish I could find our remote. Noone is confessing.

Kris said...

Yes, it sounds like he showed some great flexible thinking! I was also very sad about Dr. Greesnpan. His books are so helpful and he was such a great authority on autism and special needs in general.

Niksmom said...

Such a clever little man he is! I love the descriptions of how he tells the actions you should take to go away. LOL.

Glad you're home again.

Anonymous said...

I love how he comes to cheer you up with a sideways hug. and Mama happy.

Mia @ Finding Balance said...

It's good to be home!

Anonymous said...

My typical 3 yr old adds a Y to many words to add emphasis of how much he wants it. :)


Together We Save said...

So glad you are home!!

Anonymous said...

risking sounding like a broken record I have to tell you that I find your weeks so interesting! I love your interactions with R and am fascinated when you describe something he does that is similar to Daniel. New words to describe it help me see things in a different way and I love that! (Like when he told you to stand up and walk!!)

Barbara TherExtras said...

Looking forward to the photos of you and R cooking - or what you cooked!

You deserved the prize!

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