Him: "Mum, what's your superhero name?" Me: "Erm … Mum?" Later ... Him:" Mum, you'll make a great superhero one day."
Friend's mum: "Chat, chat, chat … do they live near your mum?" Me: "Mum passed away in early 2016 …" Friend's mum looks both appalled and embarrassed, and reaches for my hand. The Boy Child: "It's okay, we're not as sad as we used to be."
The Boy Child is recording his Summer in Project Life format and this is the third summer he has done so. This is the only project I insist he does, because if he didn't, he wouldn't voluntarily pick up a pen or pencil for six long weeks.He moans like a moaning thing on occasion, but … Continue reading The Boy Child’s Summer Scrapbook
Throughout August, many of London's West End theatres offer free tickets to children. We took advantage of this offer and secured tickets to see Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, the world's longest running show. The Boy Child has been to the theatre many times and we felt he was now old enough to enjoy a straight play.He … Continue reading The Mousetrap
World Book Day was back in March but, thanks to the Beast from the East, The Boy Child's school was closed and their event was cancelled. It wasn't until the last week of the Summer term that space could be found in the school's calendar. Like last year, The Boy Child chose to dress up … Continue reading World Book Day (Belatedly)
The RAF Museum, Hendon recently underwent a refurbishment and reopened fully to the public at the end of June. It's been The Boy Child's favourite museum for a long time and we were all keen to see what changes had been made.In short, we felt the museum was a little like the Curate's Egg, good … Continue reading RAF Museum, Hendon
The beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway is less than 90 miles from our part of West London. We returned there recently with The Boy Child, with the sole purpose of walking him up to Broadway Tower. We took the route that avoids contact with the local shoot and those almost-but-not-quite-dead pheasants; the only obstacles this … Continue reading Day Trip to Broadway
The process of securing a secondary school place for The Boy Child has been both difficult and stressful. After months of meetings, phone calls, emails and a formal complaint, The Boy Child is due to join a specialist autism-specific school in September. The decision to leave mainstream education was not one we took lightly, but the … Continue reading Transition to Secondary School
Gifford's Circus is how you might imagine a circus to be, especially if you read Enid Blyton as a child. Founder Nell Gifford sums it up: "I held the jewel of my childhood up to my eye, and through it I saw ponies and a dressing-up box and a tent, and that was Gifford's Circus.”When … Continue reading Gifford’s Circus
The Boy Child recently competed in the London Primary Panathlon Finals at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Panathlon is a charity that provides sporting opportunities to disabled young people. Having won the regional competition last September, The Boy Child and nine other pupils from his school were excited to be taking part … Continue reading The London Primary Panathlon Finals