Sunday, July 20, 2008

Summertime and the living is easy

For fourteen year old Sweetie Pie at least. She's still snoozing and may well still be when I return from my now voluntary stint at the centre. Six weeks of late nights and late mornings. Her main problem at the moment seems to be that, as oldish parents, we can't stay up late enough for her and she's not yet that keen on staying up on her own when all is dark, so she stomps off grumpily to her bedroom with her laptop and her cup of tea.

Buster, meanwhile, has finished school. We went along to the very touching Leavers' Assembly last Friday. He'd been dreading the day as he feels (and he's probably right) that he'll lose touch with a lot of his friends. All the young people at his school are moderately to severely disabled and their parents don't always know each other so getting the young people together outside school is difficult. Invitations to birthday parties go unacknowledged. Tricky. We'll see what the future holds when he starts at the local college in September - a college I'm also hoping to get some hours at...

Hope you all have a brilliant summer.

4 comments:

KAREN said...

My daughter's finished school now and seems to be relying on me more heavily to be her 'friend.' I feel terribly guilty telling her I'm tired and need an early night, but then there's always something to feel guilty about! Hope you have a lovely summer too :o)

Casdok said...

As you know my son has also just left school, he was there for 8 years, and i dont know any other parent from there. Disgraceful really!

Maddie Moon said...

We went to a Leavers' Show last week and it was a very emotional occasion and neither of ours were leaving!

I hope Buster manages to stay in touch with at least some of his pals.

Honeysuckle said...

Karen - that maternal guilt thing's a terrible problem! I don't seem to notice it in other members of the family...

Casdok - I think C was at residential school, wasn't he? - which makes forming alliances between parents even harder. How's he getting on at his new home? Have you had any word from the staff?

Maddie - I just have to sit in the school hall to fill up. Pathetic really!