Since them I have spent time with friends from every era of my life, right back to my teen years in school. Thanks to the internet I'm more connected with those friends I used to hang out with years ago than ever before and sometimes they actually come over to visit!
|This lovely lady and I have been friends since we|
met at work in the early 1980s
I also managed to squeeze in coffee with Jazzygal, a trip to Newry with one of my autie mum friends and a night at the cinema with my eldest daughter.
Oh yes, I nearly forgot: there was also the Autism Mommies Christmas Party…
You wanted to see the dress, right? Weeeeell, I still love it cos it's so comfy and low key and just right for me.....but it doesn't look so great in the photos.
|Some of the autism mums at the Christmas Party|
It had all the right ingredients:
...Feeling like part of a community
...Food cooked by someone else
...A drink or many, depending on whether you were driving home or not.
...A bit of dancing.
And the method worked pretty well too:
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, season with a few surprises and serve!
|A wonderful autism themed goody bag|
Now the other surprise was that the goody bags were given out by some very young men wearing very little, to the delight of most of the women there! I was quite happy to let the other Mums enjoy their company though.
So apart from the scary toy boys, and one missing friend, it was almost the perfect Christmas party, and a great reason to be cheerful!
Reasons to be Cheerful is currently being hosted over at Ojo's World who also writes about special needs.