A miracle happened today. Not a miracle for the majority of the people in the world but a miracle for us. A HUGE miracle for us.
Parents do this all the time. They drop their kids at daycare and go to work. Kids go to school and summer programs and daycare all the time and stay all day.
Not so much for us! Not so much for many kids with special needs. The reality is that finding a school or a daycare that will keep a child with special needs all day long is next to impossible!
I can’t remember the last time I took Sylas to one place in the morning and picked him up at the same place at the end of the day. It has been years!
All throughout the day I kept checking the time.
9:30 a.m. no phone call to come get him….
11:00 a.m. Still no phone call but a message from a friend that said she dropped her kids off and Sylas was doing fine.
11:30 a.m. This is usually when the transfer between his morning program and afternoon program occurs. I’m always anxious there will be a an issue. Still no call.
12:30 p.m. I actually made it through a lunch meeting with no call.
2:15 p.m. Wait I don’t have to shuffle him from school to yet another sitter.
3:30 p.m. Okay seriously something has to be wrong. I call. Nothing is wrong.
4:15 p.m. I’m really ready to pick him up but force myself to take a walk instead.
4:45 p.m. I can’t take it anymore and drive like a mad woman to get him. He is fine. He is excited to go back tomorrow and he says it was fun.
I may have cried on the drive home. Happy joyous tears. My kid made it all day in one spot. A group of people could meet his needs for that time period and I could just be a regular mom. I could do the things I needed to do and know he was fine and just go pick him up! Something so many people take for granted every day.
Over dinner we talked about the best parts which were dodgeball and playing with friends and crafts. The worst part was he was so tired that it made him “crabby”. So then I asked what happened when he had a crabby struggle.
“Another kid and I had a few struggles but no one pushed us down or pushed us in the alonely room. They just knew we were tired.”
Okay this is even bigger than big in our world! No seclusion! Hello! Going all day in one place with no seclusion is totally a miracle in his world.
I don’t know if this will last two weeks or all summer. But I’m doing a happy dance tonight and enjoying the miracle!
Oh and he fell asleep at 6:50!