Sunday, June 13, 2004

Yesterday was Family Day at the St. Mary's school. DW, YS, and I drove up on Friday afternoon. The only room I could book was at a fancy downtown hotel, so that's where we stayed. It was a singularly inappropriate place for an autistic 5-year-old, but oh well. YS loves little adventures, so he was bouncy and giggly Friday night. We took him to the local Chuck E. Cheese, where he had a grand time climbing around in the sky-tube, which supposedly was closed. Some other kid had removed the cardboard barrier, and YS was at the top before I could do anything to stop him. I decided I didn't care about the wobbly lower part of the slide, so YS played away. Can you tell I grew up in the '60s and '70s, before child safety was a big issue?

We went to St. Mary's on Saturday morning, where the administration had 8 or 9 activities set up, with each age group to rotate on a 15 minute schedule. YS ran straight past OS's dorm and to a large slide/play station he's been lusting after for months. OS was already out on a tractor ride around the campus, so DW waited in the shaded pavilion while I went out into the blazing sun to watch YS. DW and OS eventually came over to the playground with us. YS wouldn't budge, and OS only wanted to swing, so it was farewell to the activity schedule for us (we weren't the only family to blow off the schedule). I discovered that I've still got it going on with high-speed merry-go-round pushing. OS loved that. Let's see how fast a 41 year old can get a merry-go-round going and jump onto it without falling off and breaking something. Again, can you tell I grew up in the '60s and '70s?

Eventually, we took the boys to Target and McDonald's. It was a nice family time, for the most part. YS threw a few nasty little tantrums to mess things up a little. I think he's jealous of OS now for getting to live in a place with so many playgrounds, horses, and such.

DW and I were talking last night about what a fine boy our OS is becoming. He's always been sweet and happy, not to mention cute beyond belief; now he's making progress with speech, behavior, and demeanor.

The Family Day was a good thing. I hope good things keep going on with OS.


Jo said...

Awwwwwwww that is awesome to hear you had such a great family day! How do you feel about sharing a pic of your sons? I would love to see them!

I hear you about growing up in the 60s and 70s. Geez we did such STUPID things and with no focus on child safety and here we are....all survivors.

I am too visual -I can just see you whirling around that merry go round, jumping on - wheeeeeeeee - what fun! I love it!

Miranda said...

I love hearing about your boys and I love how much OS has grown since starting St. Mary's.

I borrowed your Daily Zen from the other day. :D

Randy said...

The patrons of the Aquarium of the Americas got a real treat this morning. YS threw a huge tantrum when I wouldn't let him steal food at the food court. He chomped down hard on my thumb and slashed my arm as I dragged him down the stairs. "Fuck you!" I shouted reflexively. I don't think that went over too well with the other people at the place, judging by the looks on their faces. I got him calmed down enough to remove him from the building. We went to McDonald's and all is well again.

Dave said...

Oh dude... ROTFLMAO!! Your last comment just cracked me up.

It's got to be nice to know (not to mention validating) that OS is progressing nicely. Sounds like he's in the right place.

Man, I just love those moments with my family when all seems right with the world. Too cool.

BTW, I'm not sure which place I'd rather avoid more: and LDS chapel or Chuck E. Cheese. It's hard for me to say which one I find more offensive, but I think the church slighty edges out CEC. It's also hilarious to me how the Chuck E. in the videos they play there seems so much happier and more playful than the guy in the Chuck E. suit getting paid minimum wage to dress up and work there. That guy has the body language of a manic depressive.