Hasn’t this been a year of change? My goodness, all of us are suffering from whiplash when we think of how quickly we’ve been hit with change across the board, in every area of our lives.
When I fine-tune my vision and focus on our little family in our own little world, I see how all these changes…and other more personal ones…have affected us a lot. Gary and I don’t just have ourselves to consider, of course. For us as parents, certainly, we always look at how change is affecting our children. It doesn’t matter that Andrea and Kyle, and Andrew, all live far away. We still ponder and pray every day about their lives and what impacts them.
Here at home, though, we are the most affected by how changes in life hit Aaron. Trust me, the word “hit” is appropriate when speaking of Aaron and change. Sometimes Gary and I don’t quite know what hit us when change hits Aaron.
Aaron has handled COVID issues very well, for the most part. He’s still thoroughly sick of it, pardon the pun. Yet he wears his mask well in public and has adjusted to this new way of living much better than some I know. I’m very proud of him for that.
His day group opened the first part of July and things have gone well until recently, when several clients tested positive for the virus. The day center has been closed now for over two weeks. Aaron doesn’t mind that one bit because he loves staying home. Our quarantine is over, and he and we are fine, but the center is still closed.
We’ve still been able to enjoy walks outside, exploring some new areas and appreciating the familiar ones.
Petting Moe, our neighbor’s cat:
And loving some time on our friend’s farm:
Besides all the COVID stuff going on, we’ve also had personal changes in our life. Gary retired this past summer and we wondered how that would affect Aaron, but he’s adjusted beautifully and really enjoys having Gary home all the time. I mean, now Aaron has another set of ears to listen to all his talk…and what’s not to like about that?!
We’ve had more remodeling done, including…and MOST importantly…Aaron’s room. Aaron struggled with moving into his brother’s old bedroom. He oversaw Gary and I as we moved his desk and computer to its new and temporary location, complaining like an old man about it…hovering and huffing a LOT! He soon realized that his desk chair didn’t move so well on the new hard floor with no carpet, so he bemoaned the fact that his carpet was soon to be a thing of the past. He tried to urge Luke and Noah, our remodeling team, to NOT take out his carpet but to no avail. He also spoke to them about all the noise they were making and to please NOT turn off the electricity again!!
He is now back in his own bedroom, with the hard floor and with his furniture rearranged. Hey, if we’re pushing Aaron to adjust why not try even MORE new things, right?! He’s just happy to be in his own bed again and in his own room, so this further stretch for him is being tolerated well.
Except for our latest change. Gary and I are taking Aaron with us on a trip back east. We’re going to Gary’s hometown in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to help his sister after her knee replacement surgery. AND…we’re taking Aaron with us.
Aaron would rather stay home, in his own house and his own room, even though we did put that hard floor in there!
Aaron loves Aunt Sandra and will talk her ear off on the phone, but Aaron loves being home even more. It’s been a push to get him to settle down about this grand plan of traveling again. Gary and I have had to be firm. I’ve told Sandra to put on her thick skin.
Aaron wanted to talk to Barb, Paradigm manager and Aaron’s second mom, about all this trip business. She facetimed with him yesterday and it was so sweet. She helped tremendously! We may be doing that again from North Carolina!
We leave in the morning. Our vehicle will be full of Aaron’s CD’s, DVD’s, blanket, pillow, books, food, drinks, his computer, Nintendo and games, and his stuffed snake.
He is comforted in knowing that tomorrow night we will stop to stay in a hotel and best of all, we will eat out in a real restaurant.
Gary and I would be comforted in knowing that as you think of us, you would pray for safety…for Sandra’s knee surgery to go well…and for Aaron to have a great time and to be happy.
We hope to see lots of happy smiles just like this! Thank you for praying!