You Can Enter, But You Can’t Leave

This story Brian and I still laugh about at times when we are reminiscing about life.

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I can’t express in words how much work it took to keep Tristan safe.  We had to keep locks on everything.  This was to prevent him from escaping our home.  It was like we had Houdini as our son.  He would elope out the front door, back door, side door, and windows! We never could figure out why.  I have concluded that it was just a game to him.  Whatever the reason was we just learned to be on our guard.

This meant we had to open and shut doors and lock them quickly!  If we forgot he would surely let us know…by taking advantage of the opportunity.   As soon as someone entered our home we swiftly locked them in our home.   We always had keys in our pockets.  This was the standard “Tristan safety procedure” in our home.  This became the norm and we didn’t even think about it much.  Neighborhood children knew the drill.  Family visitors knew that all doors would be locked.

Then one day Brian had to be home to let someone in our home.  It was through our mortgage company.   Brian was told someone would be by for paperwork.  That day Tristan was home sick from school.  Just Brian and Tristan were home.

Brian answered the door.  It was a young lady.  She entered and Brian immediately locked the door!  He realized that it probably looked pretty bad.  He just locked this woman inside our home.   Then he realized she could be concerned, terrified, or frightened.  Therefore, he rapidly started explaining that our son is special needs and will run out of the house.

The lady said, “Ok.”

We aren’t really sure if she understood how severe of a behavior elopement can be.  Sometimes we laugh thinking she might have thought that was creepy to be locked inside a stranger’s house!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!

 

 

Bored with English!

Tristan loves to watch YouTube on his tablet.   It is always the same genre of videos.  Videos with songs on Abc’s, colors, shapes, and counting!  I am grateful for all the creative video content on these topics. He is developmentally a toddler/preschooler, and he thoroughly enjoys choosing his videos.   Lately…he has discovered you can watch the same topics of videos in other languages!

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Prom!

I got a school news report that Tristan attended Prom on Friday!  He rode in a limousine and ate dinner at a banquet hall.  I never thought in a million years that he would be attending Prom.  I love the fancy clothes he is in!  I am glad he got to experience this event at his residential school with his peers.  Just wanted to share.

 

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A Lesson From a Forever Toddler

Our son  Tristan is 16 years old but developmentally a toddler in most areas.  Some days I wonder why God gifted me with a forever toddler! Other days, I am grateful.  I am thankful because toddlers are fairly easy to entertain.  I know toddlers need many activities to occupy their day.  However, they do not necessarily require a lot of money.

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Tristan’s Favorite Things At The Zoo…

On Sunday we took our son, Tristan, to the Indianapolis Zoo. We love spending time with him and seeing what catches his attention. Having a non-verbal child means we watch the subtle cues of his face for expressions to discern if he likes something.

This is what he liked about the zoo…

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All the locks on the gates! If you look at the picture, you can see him trying to figure out the lock. Never mind we were trying to point out the tiger!!! We couldn’t get him to look at the tiger.

The bird aviary experience gave us a good laugh. Tristan thought opening and closing the doors was the best part. We stepped in one door and had to wait for it to close completely before going into the center where the birds were. Then he raced through to the next door. We stopped him and tried to get him to notice the birds, but he only paused for a mere second. Once at the exit, we waited for that door to shut before we could exit the aviary.

The birds did not get his attention, only the challenge of entering and exiting the aviary!

There was a low- level shark touch pool.  Tristan leaned over to touch the water.   Then he sat on the edge   Then he looked at Brian wanting approval to get in the water!  Brian immediately said, “No let’s go find something else to look at.”  Tristan didn’t care about the sharks in the water he thought it might be nice to swim.

Tristan’s top 3 favorite things at the zoo:  locks, doors, and water!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!