Even though I have one child (yes, my brain still calls him a child even though he's 19), he has autism, and with that comes ADHD symptoms. He shrieks when he's happy, he has outbursts when he's hungry, the list could go on and on. There are days when he has two modes: Loud and Asleep. A lot of it is just to say, Hey, I'm here. Pay attention to me! and I get that. These days I smile when we go to the grocery store and he's quiet until he's somewhere in the middle of the store, then suddenly "WHOO!" Invariably someone turns around and frowns. I simply smile and say okay, everyone knows you're here. Indoor voice, please. It does no good to get angry or even embarrassed that he does it. No matter where we are or what we are doing, I love hearing J reach out and communicate. But...you know what?
I'm thankful for time alone. J is with me every day, by choice. I'm a stay at home mom and he's with me. I enjoy it, and I love the fact that I get to teach him what he needs to know, and guide him. But, as much as Jesus loved being around people, and teaching them, he knew that he needed time alone and in prayer. It helped recharge him so that he could continue his mission here on earth. While we moms tend to think we don't need quiet time and can give and give and give and give, if we don't recharge sometimes, eventually we come to a breaking point.
This morning, after a late night with J, I'm up and the only sounds I hear are the kittens playing, the occasional traffic outside, and the ceiling fan. J is still sleeping. That's been rare these days. In a few hours, J and his dad will head out the door to go to a doctor appointment. It's a routine thing, and I have a few deliveries headed my way. So guess who's going to stay home and get some much needed housework done? It's gonna be so nice! It's been awhile since I've had a few hours to myself. I'm going to get some chores accomplished, relax a bit, and enjoy having the house to myself for a little while. What about you? What are you thankful for today?
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