It was a week where not much happened, probably because we stayed close to home. The Boy was pinged a second time for a possible Covid-19 contact - three of his classmates subsequently tested positive - so he had another 7 days of daily lateral flow testsI went to the orthodontist to have my permanent … Continue reading Me on Monday | 17 January
In the blink of an eye, he's 15 years old. Funny, loving, nudging 6'0", opinionated and would be military historian.
Day 21: was the day The Boy received his second dose. I used a 3x8 card for the journaling. Day 22: was the day I did the last of the food shopping and the last of the gift wrapping. The photos and journaling card were cut in half diagonally to add visual interest. I then … Continue reading December Daily | Days 21-25
Before heading home after our night in town, The Boy and I swung by St. Thomas' Hospital on Westminster Bridge Road to see if the Vaccination Centre was accepting teenage walk-ins. They were. The staff were utterly brilliant. Once they knew about The Boy's autism, they went above and beyond to ensure that he was … Continue reading The Best Kind of Early Christmas Present
Him: "What's that song? You know, the one with the line 'totally fixed where you are'. Mum and Dad look at each other, rather blankly it has to be said. 🙂 Then Dad laughs, "I think you might mean Total Eclipse of the Heart?" Him: "Yeah, that's it ..."
First ever photo of The Boy A reader got in touch recently to ask about The Boy and his absence from This West London Life. There hasn't been any deliberate plan to drop appearances by The Boy, it's happened organically. The Boy is almost 15 years old and autism colliding with puberty has not been … Continue reading Autism, Puberty and The Boy
On the final day of half term, a Monday, The Boy made these cookies to take in the next day for his class mates. They are delicious but very chocolatey. 🙂 Ingredients: 250g butter, softened 350g light soft brown sugar 2 large eggs 350g self-raising flour 100g cocoa powder 200g chocolate chips Method: Beat the … Continue reading The Boy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies
On a recent Sunday morning, I took The Boy to the cinema to see Dear Evan Hansen. We had tickets for the 09.50 screening and snacks in my bag. 🙂 In the time of Covid, go to the cinema for the first screening of the day Screen 15 turned out to be in the broom … Continue reading An Epic Fail by Mum
Always Only You by Chloe Liese | This is book 2 in a series of 4 books, but can be read as a stand alone novel. Liese was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder as an adult, a trait she gives to many of her characters. I enjoyed this story and highlighted a lot of text … Continue reading For the Love of Books | Currently Reading October 2021
"Being the only one in our family with autism is lonely." * * The Boy might be the only one in our family with an official diagnosis of autism, but he is far from the only one to have it. 🙂