Washington Monument as seen from National Mall in front of Smithsonian Castle
Vacation is a wonderful thing and returning to life post-vacation is always hard. Throw in a six-hour time difference, eighteen days away from home, and the beginning of the school year, and you’ll have an idea of where my head has been the last few days.
The trip however was well worth the jet lag! I got a chance to visit with my oldest brother and his family, to spend time with old friends, and to explore D.C., Boston, and Maine, along with a little of New Hampshire with the kids. They rode their first subway. We explored four of the Smithsonian Museums and toured the national monuments via of moonlight tour. We walked the Freedom Trail and we drove down to Plymouth, then up to Maine, where we met friends and hiked in the White Mountain National Forest. All in all a wonderful vacation! I took a thousand pictures, but don’t worry, I am not going to bore you with that many.
First Smithsonian Museum Visited
Lincoln Memorial at Night
Old Mother Goose was real! Who knew?
Did you know Old Mother Goose was based on the real person? Apparently, she was! I walked the Freedom Trail decades ago, but somehow I missed this tidbit until I went with the kids.
Boston, MA: The Old State House
Today I am grateful for so many things. My son, who was home sick earlier this week, is well and no one else in the family is ill. My husband returned safely from a business trip. I live in the state with the best weather in the nation, and humpback whales visit us every winter. I have two wonderful dogs. I got to participate in a whimsical blog hop yesterday and I still get to read more fun responses from my blog friends this weekend.
I hope all of my wonderful friends both in and out of blogland have a wonderful weekend!
I’m trying to broaden my horizons and explore blogs outside of the Autism Directory, so today I’m joining a group of bloggers from Blog Frog for a blog hop started by Nan at Be One Fine Day Sharing Our Quality Time. The idea is to link to new blogs. Please click on Friday Follow New Friends above to view the complete blog list. Some are mothers posting about their lives, some have photos, some have crafty items, some are health related, some offer coupons, some review products, and a couple on the list offer aroma therapy products. I am going to list a few here to get you started:
I know this seems totally off topic, but some of these moms just may be interested in helping to change the world. Plus, why would those without children on the autism spectrum reach out to us unless we reach out to them. Besides many of them are stay at home mothers like many of us. New friends I am looking forward to exploring your blogs.
I am grateful for the lessons Dad taught me while riding horses together when I was young. One obvious lesson was to get back on the horse when you fall off or are thrown. However, my dad used our horses to teach so many other lessons.
When I was around eight my Shetland pony bolted with me on his back with loose reins and my feet out of the stirrups. My dad did not panic instead he got within hearing range to shout these instructions, “Hold on tight, remain calm, and focus on grabbing the reins to slow down.”
When life seems out of control I’ve always referred back to this. I also learned something else valuable that day although at the time I did not realize it. Every time my dad and his horse got close my pony ran faster.
Finally, I had to yell to my father, “Stay back.”
When my pony realized my dad’s horse wasn’t close by, he did slow down. This allowed me to grab the reins and the stirrups.
What did this teach me you wonder?
It taught me that sometimes as parents we have to step back and let our children handle things themselves. This does not mean not being there, my dad wasn’t too far away after all. It is more about being supportive without stepping in which can be very hard as the parent I tell you. I think it is especially difficult when your child has any difference that makes life harder for them. Yet, even they have to be able to work some problems out for themselves.
I learned the lesson.
Yet, it is still hard to remember especially when I see one of my children hurting for some reason. They both are now old enough to ask when they need help and since one day I hope they will be on their own, I have to let them grab the reins themselves while being close enough by to offer advice.
How I sometimes wish life were as simple as it was when they were toddlers! Back then the greatest pains could be kissed away. And before you ask, yes, both of them allowed me to kiss away their pain then. “Oh those were the days my friend!”