Monday, July 30, 2012
Growing up With Jared: It's the Same...but Different Part 1: Jared says that a lot, when he notices someone wearing a similar shirt, or eating something that he's had before: "It's the same, but diff...
Jared says that a lot, when he notices someone wearing a similar shirt, or eating something that he's had before: "It's the same, but different." I always chuckle when he says that. "Then Jared, it's not really the same, is it?" I say. But I think I know what he means now when he says that.
This past weekend offered yet another transition for Jared, that from graduate to "sometimes college student." He is participating in "college for a week": a New Visions program offered at a local community college. Individuals with special needs go live in the dorms, eat in the dining hall, and take life skills classes. Since Jared has been saying he wants to go to this particular school when he is done with high school, we thought we would check it out.
So, this past Saturday, Jared and I went to Target to "college shop". As we stood there pondering toothbrush holders and travel-size sunscreen, I found myself asking him questions like, "What color soap dish do you want?" and "Make sure you pick up a toothpaste." I said these things when people were close. I wanted them to know that my child is going places, that like the tall boy with his stack of sheets and case of powerade, my son too is going to college. It's the same...but different.
Jared treated me to sushi after our shopping spree (thank you to those of you who gifted Target at his graduation party!) I sat across from my son. Again, I found myself thanking him for buying me lunch, thanking him so the people around us heard. I'm not sure why I do that; Maybe I'm trying to prove to them that my child is growing up too, that he is a son to be proud of. I think I'm convincing myself too. He is a spectacular person, my son. He's the same...but different.
Monday, July 16, 2012
There is a group of people who are out to change the world, to make it a better place for our kids. Thank you Ally and the rest of the board of GiGi's Playhouse Syracuse! Thank you for building a place for our kids to BE! Copy the link below and paste it into your browser to see what I mean! So exciting! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJwZDdSJbA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I just noticed the wallpaper on this blog. It features a road going off into the distance. I never thought about it, but it's a symbol, really, of this path that Jared is on. It feels a bit like limbo, where he is right now. He has graduated from high school, and with that comes the promise of independence and new journeys. But given the fact that Jared has one more year at high school, labeled by someone at some point as a " super senior" year, He's not quite finished with this part. I am adamant that next year does not look like last year. Jared HAS graduated. So, his days next year, will consist of few academic classes and mostly work study. A search, I guess, one that will result in a future for my son. I'm a bit scared. This is a strange time,an ending time, but not quite. A beginning time, but not quite. I invite you all to come with Jared and me now. Perhaps you might offer some ideas, some answers,some understanding for this next step on that long road. Right now, as I write, Jared is entertaining his little brother at the YMCA. They play basketball; then Jared buys his brother a snack,and they sit and chat, a grown-up thing really.