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  • An Unexpected Gift

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    3 posts, 3 voices, 2228 views, started Nov 10, 2009

    Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Encee

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    • Garnett
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      For the past few weeks we’ve been having work done on our house, and it’s been one of those projects that has grown and expanded - some of it because we needed to and some of it because we wanted to.  

      Having a special needs teen in the house brings many kinds of challenges to us as parents, and the confusion of contractors coming/going and our furniture moved all over the place is one of those things we’ve learned to work around - one day at a time.  

      The kitchen has been completely ripped out - to the walls and beyond really as one of them has been cut back and another torn down to the framing to add in gas, electric and water lines - and needless to say we’ve been without the means to do much of our daily cooking!  

      During all of this, our son Corbin has been nothing short of a real trooper.   With no cabinets in the kitchen it makes getting glass of milk a bit of a problem, and with the toaster set up on a makeshift table in the dining room it means the usual morning breakfast routine is definitely not going to happen.  With all this going on, our boy hasn’t batted an eye!  

      It’s a wonderful thing to behold to see a child who can wrestle with OCD issues quite a bit, take change in his stride and  even laugh about it.  Such as when I set up the little convection oven on a table in our bedroom so that I could make pizza for lunch.  It’s something like indoor camping and Corbin chuckles at me as I do my best not to trip over boxes and wires as I fight my way to the freezer and back to the bedroom to cook.  

      My husband and I have worked and waited more than 20 years to have our dream kitchen.  Little did we know that in the process our autistic son would find a way to make the new cabinets and appliances seem like nice little pluses compared to the love and goodnatured behavior he’s been showing us!  

      Gotta go now.....there’s hammering going on in the kitchen and my son is looking for a snack.....estatic

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          Dana Arcuri wrote Nov 10, 2009
        • Your table is looking very nice and welcoming!  Very nice!  As a mom of 3 kids diagnosed with ADD/ADHD and learning disabilities, I understand the challenges with time-consuming parenting that can be rewarding and demanding at the same time.  

          I think your idea of indoor camping sounds like fun and most kids would enjoy it!  Your son’s good natured behavior is awesome and that is a beautiful blessing!



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          Encee wrote Nov 11, 2009
        • Thank you Dana!  estatic



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