Friday, December 10, 2010

The final countdown

That sounds dramatic.
Our son has 2 years left of HS. Then he is considered old enough to be "out on his own" I realized this evening that although he is doing well, we are still limited by the "special ed" stigma. We aren't outgoing enough to be a popular family. Our son was not in kindergarten or first grade with most of his classmates. He is an enigma. He has lived in this community since he was 3 but has the stigma of being "from out of town" because he went to a different school district. Even though it sounds weird, most of the kids in any town have made their friends by the time they hit recess in first grade. Same goes with the can only make so many "playdates" before you start becoming friends.

In Aspie-land, it doesn't always work that way. We are working so hard with the kid, we forget the importance of social time. Even now we don't get away like we should. Tonight, I realized we need to consider the social venue much more and to think about what we are going to do when and how.

We don't have much more time before the "Final COuntdown and the boy will be walking out the door to go to his first day of college.

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