~"I hate writing, I love having written"~Dorothy Parker
|The herd when this blog started..
Once upon a time...about thirteen years ago, (maybe it was twelve-time makes things blurry) we learned that our Sam was autistic..a few years after that, Oscar...and..well, you know the rest..it has been sort of like domino's..only not in order..
Shortly before I was tethered, bound? totally immersed..or whatever you call it-heart and soul to these four amazing beings..I was pretty carefree..We were pretty carefree. Sure, we had our worries here and there..but nothing like the worry that you have once kids enter the picture...Not at all. It's as if once you have a kid -BOOM-worry has kicked open a door to your brain..and takes up permanent residency..without paying rent.
Growing up, I didn't dream of a wedding day or motherhood..it isn't that I couldn't imagine the possibility..I just didn't think about those things.. I had bigger fish to fry..adventures to have. I admit, I was kind of surprised by Omar...didn't believe in love at first sight..or actually in my case-lust. But there you go. We met..and it just..was-WE just were..I don't know if that makes sense...Even then-I didn't give much thought to having kids..we were together for seven years before Sam was born...and now, here we are with four..go figure.
I really didn't have many expectations when I was first pregnant..although I did have many rude awakenings after giving birth. Oh so many...my life was no longer my own-and that took some getting used to..actually, a lot of getting used to. But the thing of it is..well, I didn't "expect" anything from my kids..other than they just be. I figured that you gave birth to these little humans and they would eventually grow into big humans..That my job was to grow and love and nurture these beings into adulthood where they would go forth and..well..do whatever it was that they wanted to do, The adventure was in getting them there..the rest would be up to them..
I am not going to lie and say that autism didn't shake things up-it did-it does. Some things things aren't as clear cut as I imagined they would be...but then again-what is? We roll with them...and continue to roll...most of the time even merrily..but lately? We are rolling in so many directions it's hard to keep up..It isn't bad..it's just ..confusing..
I started this blog a little over six years ago,,,the kids were little..I could keep them together..herd them. We had our challenges..but mostly, I spent my days looking for shoes..
because someone was either always losing one (always one) OR someone refused to wear them...so they stuffed them somewhere I couldn't find them...and then, they forgot where they hid them...and hilarity ensued...not.
They have bigger dreams now..they have wants..they long for the things I can't give them. Sam (who started out on this blog as "Sammy") can not wait to leave home..can't wait for whats next...so much so that he isn't paying too much attention to whats now. It's hard watching him struggle..watching him fall...hard to LET him fail. I have to..have to let him make mistakes..fall behind in classes..watch him scramble to catch up. We found an art class for him on the weekends which he adores. I love (when I come to pick him up) listening outside the door..hearing him joking around with his classmates. He has found his tribe, So, while it is hard to watch him stumble..he is finding his feet...
My girls..my girls are struggling-one way more than the other..Funny, my boys had so many difficulties when they were younger..my girls seem to be erupting with age. Girls on the spectrum are more complicated..I think,,,or at least mine are. Girls present differently..getting professionals to understand that isn't always easy. Most studies center on boys. That has to change..We are so fortunate to have some very good people supporting them.
They are lovely works in progress-these girls of mine..not yet young women...but not such little girls either. They are at tough ages...I know because I was once that age-and I'm really really glad that I am long past it. I often hear people reminisce about their youth..and how they wish that they could go back,,,and I think that they are crazy..Really just nuts..out of their heads...senile? You couldn't pay me to go back..well..it depends on how much money you offered..it would have to be an astronomical amount..but then..if I had all that money..I wouldn't have this . hectic sometimes complicated..mostly joyful..beautiful wonderful and very full life. I could do without looking for lost shoes...yes, I'm still doing that...only now, it is for my own. Mostly.
|girls 6 years later
|The boys six years later (bad shot of Sam-he will probably be mad at me for posting this-sorry buddy!)