A Night Out

I am tired of being at home. I am a bit jealous of the people I live with who get to leave the house for work or day program. They get to see other people. They get to communicate with others.

I went to the grocery store yesterday and it was absolutely wonderful. I wore my face cover. Others did, too. I only saw two people who were not wearing masks. Maybe I should have shared the social stories Brandon and I went over and over with those two. If my son with severe autism can understand the importance of masks, I feel like others can, too.

Tonight, Steve and I have been invited to a friend’s home for some socializing. We will have supper and enjoy some adult beverages in their back yard. When we received the invitation, I asked Steve to see if Brandon’s brothers would help out while we are gone. And they said yes!!

I love Brandon. With all my heart. But, occasionally, I need some time away from him. I need a break. And, I would venture to say, Brandon needs a break from me, too. He and I spend a lot of time together. I get frustrated when he says the same thing over and over. I bet he gets tired of me saying “say it once” over and over.

So, tonight, Brandon will be with his brothers. And he will be fine. His brothers will be fine. And Brandon and I will be better for it. I will do my best to not worry and to not text every 15 minutes to see how things are going. If there is a problem, they know how to contact me.

It is hard trusting others with my son with severe autism. I trust my other children. They watch Steve and I interact with Brandon. They know he loves The Simpsons and Mario Kart. They know what he likes to eat and drink. They know to watch out for choking when Brandon eats (and they know what to do if he does choke).

They know he likes to jump and how to direct him outside if angry jumping happens. They know he likes to talk about animals. They know Brandon loves his iPod.

And I know they love Brandon.

Stay well everyone!

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