Yes my son turned 18 yesterday so big congratulations. I can't actually believe it. A lovely young adult I have and I couldn't be more proud. I think what amused everyone, especially the staff at the local pub where we had a meal was his cake. He had a Thomas and Friends cake and I bet they don't see many of those cakes with number 18 candles on.
He also had his favourite Thomas and Friends engines and some Fireman Sam toys too. He was so happy and that's what it's all about. He seemed to go through the day quite chilled and unphased. He looked at me a bit funny when I had decorated the living room with Happy Birthday banners and we also had helium balloons. I think he wondered what it was all about, in his head it was just another birthday like the rest.
He now falls under adult support now with his Autism so I suppose that will be interesting. I feel some people saying 'good luck with that one'. It fills me with concern but then I don't think there has been any stage of his development I have not worried about so lets carry on. I've been on it for the past fourteen years since diagnosis so I will recharge for the next fourteen years and hopefully beyond. I sound like Buzz Lightyear.....to infinity and beeeeeeeeyond!!!!
Whatever the future brings I will pop my mittens on one day and boxing gloves the next and just be prepared. I will continue to fight for him as long as possible, teach him to be as independent as he can be and just get ready for the next big birthday at 21. I will still put flags out and blow up the balloons Autism or not.
Thanks to all friends and family who have sent birthday wishes........he did read them and his reaction was 'oh wow' which was a bigger reaction than my banners got so well done.
Thank you for reading today......do come back tomorrow for Pass the Remote Sunday but for now........
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.