There is a tonne of stuff I probably should have been doing… like cleaning, or dusting, or some other kind of household chore…
We threw that off…
We had a laid back Sunday
H and I painted.
I encouraged him to explore with colour and touch and to experience the paint and canvas in a sensory way.
We painted and talked, and painted and talked some more.
And then, when he was done, H abandoned me to build a TARDIS in Minecraft.
He said he was making it for me… which may be trifle suspect because I don’t actually play Minecraft.
And now we are watching Doctor Who while dinner is in the oven.
I treasure these times because I am very aware that H is perched on the edge of adulthood and I notice that time seems to be zipping by at close to time-warp speed. I expect and understand that soon he’ll be busy with other stuff and that spending the afternoon hanging out with me may become a rare thing indeed.
Sometimes the pace choses me… but not today.
Today was a day to connect – to hang out – to share in and explore H’s current interests.
So the house isn’t as tidy as it could be… and tomorrow I am back to work, but I can’t imagine I will ever regret spending a laid back afternoon doing Doctor Who related things with this wonderful young man.
30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.
© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism (2014)