Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Asperger's Doesn't Take a Vacation

It's been 3 years since we took a real vacation (and not just a long weekend away).  And we're just getting by financially. So when we first began to discuss the prospect of a week away at the shore, my knee jerk reaction was, "No - why should we pay all of that money to just deal with meltdowns at someone else's vacation home."

But that wasn't fair to the other kids, or to us.  So off we went on vacation.

The first day or two went actually pretty well.  There was a lot of new an distracting activities.  And lots of FOOD.  Food, being a "prefered activity", ended up being a great time for T and for the rest of us. But as you might have guessed, there were meltdowns, tirades, threats, and slamming doors.  Change in plans because of weather?  Outburst.  Ran out of a preferred snack food?  Outburst.  Refusing to order him two adult portions from the menu?  Outburst.

Still, the brief periods of time when the kids were splashing in the waves, gave us a bit of respite.

Toes in the sand.  Breathing in the fresh salt sea air.  Breathe in.  Breathe out.

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