I have just completed week 2 of summer break and I have to say how thankful I am that I am a teacher! I actually do love more about teaching than the breaks, really I do, but I am especially thankful right now – looking forward to many more weeks of summer.
One of the best blessings of summer is time – time to just slow down and catch my breath from the hectic pace of the school year, time to enjoy my hobbies, and time to just hang out with my kids. I normally get to hang out with my 14-year-old neuro-typical daughter a lot. She has lots of energy like I do and we share a lot of hobbies in common – sewing, reading, listening to audiobooks, raising Angora rabbits, etc. We run errands together, eat lunch together, shop together, and even sit and read together. It’s easy to spend time with her, even during the busy times of the year.
Daniel, however, is my introverted 17-year-old son with Aspergers and it is sometimes hard to find things in common with him and things we can do together. I’m not a big video gamer (as a matter of fact, I tried to play a high action and high speed video game with him last week and he put it on the easiest level and I still did very poorly – he stated that I should stick to Angry Birds ☺.) I am not good at building with Legos. I can only take so many funny You Tube videos. The things he enjoys the most aren’t things that I particularly enjoy most of the time. I do try to do those things with him and I think that he appreciates my efforts.
Yesterday, his sister was over at a friend’s house and I asked him if we could spend some time together. He suggested we take a walk around the block, which we did, and then we went out to lunch together. I wanted to go to a little bit nicer Mexican restaurant but he wanted Taco Bell since he knows what he likes and knows what to order there – he likes the predictable. So, we ate inside Taco Bell and I have to tell you that I just really like my son. I always LOVE him but spending time just talking together reminds me that I actually like him too. He is a joy to spend time with, he is smart and creative and thoughtful and Godly. We talked about his ideas, his future, and so much more. Wow! I am so very, very blessed with the work the Lord has done with my kids, often through me and often in spite of me. I just had to take the time to hang out with Daniel to be reminded, once again, of the grace and blessing of God in my life and the life of my family.
Summer is such a blessing! I am so thankful for this time and I must remember, even during the busy times that will return in fall, to spend even more time with these amazing kids God has blessed me with – it is worth every second spent!