Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Eye Spy ... Something Blooming

I am sorry for being so late this week - eek, I am still trying to figure out when it became September. There is so much that I am busting to share, but I am struggling to find the time at the moment.
Last week, amongst a whole heap of other not so good stuff, we dropped off Caleb's enrollment for Prep next year. He is blooming into a beautiful little boy that I am so proud of. I think that he is going to do super well, despite me. I am going to turn away with my tearful eyes and fill him with nothing but stories of how brilliant he is going to be. I was a little concerned about whether we should hold him back, but he is who he is. The Asperger's Autism that affects his everyday life will be with him every day regardless. I firmly believe that the more structure and the ability to expand his learning at school will do him nothing but good, even if I am as nervous as hell. Unfortunately his current kinder, the only one we could get in, doesn't have any other kids so he will have to start from scratch, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing either.
I was driving him to kinder that other day and he said "Mum I know lots about animals, I am super smart." I agreed like all good mothers should. then he went on "... but people, I don't really get people". I don't think any phrase ever described living with Asperger's better and knowing that he has some concept of it is an actual relief. I got to tell you, I don't get people all the time either. But he is blooming every day, opening himself up wider and brighter the more time he spends in the sun and he will not be the flower that is cut down and brought inside, he has too much to do.

Thanks so much to Holly for such a great theme, and I am hoping that the lovely Lisa (who is having a great giveaway too for her 400th post!) can help us out with next week's theme. You can join in anytime, just add your link after you have posted below so we can all find you and it doesn't matter what day of the week that you do it.

(The picture is me at pre-school, not overly relavent but satisfyingly humiliating all the same. I know you are all jealous of my way cool Holly Hobby dress)

18 comments:

sophie said...

Caleb is just a sweetheart, talk about blooming!

kellie said...

First time joining in for eyespy.
A lovely story.
A very articulate young man. Definitely super smart.
(And sometimes I think animals are easier to "get" than people too Caleb)

Lisa said...

What a beautiful story :-). Just doing my post now.

Holly said...

Great post Cindy! I'm so glad I've got one more year before I have to ready myself for that big change!

Sally said...

People baffle me all the time - fast approaching my middle age (some might say I'm already there) and I can still be overwhelmed by the confusion and puzzled feeling trying to work other people out.
What an insightful boy. Your heart must be overflowing with pride and admiration for your son.
I don't even want to think about how I'll feel when that time comes for my son to start pre-school...
This is my first time participating in a meme - thanks for hosting :)

One Flew Over said...

A lovely post Cindy. I hope the transition into prep is a good one for Caleb, looking forward to meeting the little dude!

One Flew Over said...

A lovely post Cindy. I hope the transition into prep is a good one for Caleb, looking forward to meeting the little dude!

Aussie-waffler said...

I am in total agreement with Caleb, people are hard to get. And yes, I am tres jealous of the Holly Hobby dress, love Holly Hobby.

Stomper Girl said...

Oh Cindy, this was so ace. I got a little tearful reading it, because it's hard enough to let them go anyway without all the added stuff like the Aspergers and the no-friends-from kinder. But he sounds terrific and I think he will do well, based only on my opinion of what a great mum you are, and your opinion of the way he is blooming.

m.e (Cathie) said...

i love your story! love that he is a beautiful flower blooming outside with each day ♥

Tina - Melbourne Vintage said...

I agree with Caleb - animals are just much easier to get than people! Hope your week is going really well!

Bek said...

Wow, Caleb. What a well-spoken-thoughtful-clever-insightful little man you are!

Megan.K. said...

Oh that boy! I really love his take on the world. You can tell Caleb that sometimes I don't get people either... they're far too unpredictable for me.
Quite awed by how beautifully you parent Cindy.
xo

PottyMouthMama said...

Cindy that is SUCH a beautiful post and sums up life as a Mummy perfectly. The fear, the pride, the astonishment. Caleb is a flower on the cusp, I can't wait to see him in full bloom. x

Carolyn said...

Good luck with the preperation for next year, this year was my first, and I recon I have learnt as much about myself as did my little boy! We have also just learnt that he has some language difficulties, so he too might relate to not understanding people!
One thing we have learnt is that the cut off for needs funding in the private school system in Sep- might be sooner in the public school- so if you need to go down that road be sure to have your assessmets done! (We didnt know this and nearly missed out!)

flossy-p said...

Do you know, I agree with Caleb. Sometimes I too feel like I get animals better than humans. Humans can be so disappointing sometimes.

This is such a lovely post, I'm sure he will bloom even more in school. :)

p.s. Thanks so much for your aisle advice! :)

Stacey said...

He sounds like a lovely boy.

I had a Holly Hobby dress too. Mine was brown with orange flowers. So very 1976!

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

A really beautiful post. Thank you for sharing.