This is the very first Friday that the boys no longer have school. I’m not sure…scratch that….I KNOW we aren’t ready for this. We struggle during the school year when they are gone for most of the day. I love my boys but they are very challenging and with Lizze down for the count most of the time, it’s going to be a VERY long summer. In my little “fantasy world” I would like to take the boys camping, to Cook Forest State Park, in Clarion PA. This is my ABSOLUTE favorite place in the world, at least that I have actually been to. The reality of a trip like this would most likely be a disaster. Lizze doesn’t do well with bugs and we would be in the middle of a National Forest so there would be bugs everywhere. The other issue would be the shear logistics of it. Maybe someday……right? On the subject of vacations, Lizze and I have been together for 10 years and we have NEVER had a vacation. So in all honesty, it’s long overdue.
Getting back on topic, I’m not sure what we are going to do this summer. The one thing that is a realistic option is taking the kids to the Akron or Cleveland Zoo. We can afford it and the boys can handle it so it just kinda works. We should have camps for the boys but it just isn’t in the cards right now. We have funding issues and our SSA at the Department of DD hasn’t been very communicative. To be honest, we haven’t been able to contact her is a VERY long time. We need to circumvent her and talk to someone else but daily survival has been all consuming and we have to be very selective of the battles we choose to fight, as we have many.
As we more forward, perhaps we can all collaborate and share ideas that have worked for us. Head over to the Autism Support Forum and share your ideas and discover new ones.