Sadly the view outside my window did not look like this. No, Dublin is enjoying wind, rain, grey skies and heavy traffic. I know this because I had to drop Angel to College for an exam - 2 miles one way - and aspie boy to school - 2 miles the other - because his bus was running late. It took an hour. And I know every short cut. I will never complain about working from home again!
It may be winter outside, but behind closed doors the green shoots of hope are starting to appear at home and school. There have been some really good days.
And then a huge breakthrough this afternoon. I may have mentioned that we've been nowhere and done nothing - well almost - for the past number of weeks. I wanted him to be totally comfortable and safe at home. To make it somewhere that he didn't feel constantly nagged and told to do stuff that he finds challenging. Simple everyday activities like a trip to the supermarket. I figured that if we got to that point, he might start to make baby steps back into the big world outside. I have suggested things before, unsuccessfully, but today he finally said yes. And we're going wall climbing at the end of the month. I replied as calmly as I could, but inside I was jumping for joy.
An hour later and dinner was pizza. Again. But the side dish of vegetables was eaten too. Another good sign, I think!
Maybe, just maybe, dare I hope that I'm on the right track this time? There's a long way to go, but perhaps with help those little shoots will get bigger...
In other news...
I was drooling over this soup recipe from Wholesome Ireland at lunch time, and it inspired me to make my own STORE CUPBOARD SOUP, perfect for a day that threatened snow.
Half an onion fried in a tiny knob of butter.
Pour on hot stock.
Tip in a couple of cupfuls of frozen vegetables.
Simmer for 10 minutes.
Add some milk.
Thicken (I used this stuff which I think is like magic)
Blend or liquidise.
Brave the wind and rain in the garden to get a sprig of parsley to decorate it.
Dig a spoon out of the drawer and enjoy :)