For the past two years my son has had a taxi to take him to college which has been very useful and needed at the time. We were very lucky to have one awarded as not everyone is able to get one at Post 16 stage and also with so many council cut these days. Mainly because of that reason and others too I took over the college run and I have to say it's one of the most entertaining parts of my day.
My son is unable to manage two buses to college and some say I should have still tried to claim the taxi again but I felt the need to do this myself this time. He isn't the easiest of passengers sometimes and maybe with he amount of stimming and flapping some may think it may be best that he sits in the back but I wouldn't get the same interaction then. Obviously if it was unsafe I would suggest he sat in the back of the car but I love our conversation.
By conversation or communication I don't mean chit chat because that's not what Mr T does but he uses his visor mirror to interact and most of the time we have to sing along to a Beatles CD, dance moves in their too.
If you see us on our journey in Derby then you will know Mr T very well as he is a vibrant character while on the road and as passengers go not at all boring. I always think what the taxi drivers have thought in the last two years, they probably needed a bit of a lie down after their shift but I don't on mine. I love this time with my son, it's one time when we have 'our' time and in the world of autism sometimes that time is a bit lost so I'm grateful.
Can you remember those Garfield characters you could get to stick on a car window that looked as if Garfield was slammed up against the window? Yep sometimes that's Mr T but sometimes he can be contemplating, no time for interaction unless it's to tell me to be more patient with other drivers. 'Everyone has to be patient these days my dear Babs' he will say to me, my nickname was Suzy Babs at one time. Someone said that my sense of humour reminded them of Barbara Windsor as I used to use so many innuendos in a conversation I was my own Carry On movie, so that's where that comes from.
So I've been grateful for a taxi but I'm liking Mum's Taxi more and I think Mr T does too so a happy chappy.
Thank you very much for reading......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.