It’s the end of August and we are getting our regular routines back in check. That means work schedules and school schedules and incorporating a busy travel hockey schedule.
Did I mention that his hockey team practices go until 8:30 on a school night?
This is my excited face.
Our summer was overloaded with doctor’s appointments and camps and, we went on one vacation that we ended early, and, and, and quite frankly, I am looking forward to peace and quiet when every one parts ways on September 5th.
I really am.
Leave the house every one!
Actually, on the first day of school, I have scheduled myself a haircut. I might even get wild and go get myself a coffee and enjoy not having to buy half of the store’s donut supply.
Or maybe a little bit for me…
I have been my son’s cab driver to practices and his cheerleader. I’ve been a patient advocate. I’ve been the short order cook. I’ve been the housekeeper. Like I stopped counting how many times have I said, “Take off your shoes!”. I’ve played nurse to minor wounds and I’m now my blind dog’s guide to getting down the stairs.
I. Need. Me. Time.
This mom is in desperate need of time to herself.
*Scans room for home inhabitants. No one around. Sits down. Opens bag of popcorn*
“Are you kidding me?!”
The Vet says you’re blind and partially deaf Champ. What gives man?
I can’t win.
I am sorry that I’m complaining. I do love my family with every bit of my heart and soul but sometimes us moms (and dads) need to get things off of our chest and writing has been such a wonderful outlet for me. This space. And speaking of space, sometimes us moms and dads need space from our family. Not entirely! No! Just time to ourselves to regroup and recharge. It’s called self care and I have completely neglected my own basic needs. I dove 100% into caring for my family and their needs that I pushed myself to the back. I literally feel like an inferno on the inside ready to explode.
I think we all feel like that when we aren’t stopping to take care of ourselves. I was painfully reminded of why it is so important to step back and engage in self care when my husband and I started watching the new Netflix Original Series Atypical.
Atypical is a series taken from the point of view of Sam, an 18 year old highly functioning teen with Autism who is searching for love and independence. The show encapsulates the entire family dynamics from the mom and dad’s relationship to the sister, the relationship between patient and therapist, how bonds form in group therapy, etc. It was the mom, Elsa, played by the very talented and beautiful Jennifer Jason Leigh that struck such a huge chord with me – watching her struggle to change gears from caregiver to “Elsa” after Sam started to reclaim more and more of the things she used to do for him. Simply just watching her as a mom trying to care and advocate for her son. I just connected with her.
Overall, I found it to heartwarming and funny however, if you’re a parent of a child with an illness whether it be autism etc. – you kind of also find it gut wrenching at points. Like when Sam panics on the bus all alone, my husband stopped watching the series.
I finished it and the series did end on a cliff hanger.
The cast is fantastic and they all work really well together – Michael Rapaport is Sam’s father, Brigette Lundy-Paine is Sam’s sister, and of course, Keir Gilchrist is Sam.
Check out Atypical, Streaming now:
September won’t slow down any but I’m looking forward to quieter days.
Yes, I’ll miss my kid even if he was noisy and messy and needed to eat every hour and a half.
He made for some good company and we did have great times.
But I need to breathe a little and I’m sure he misses all of his equally as messy and noisy friends from school.
So what will I be doing with my time?
Working on my new computer space for writing
Yes, this space upstairs will be my new digs.
Oh and I’ll be catching up on my new favourite shows – I’m addicted to British shows like Chewing Gum and Derek and Call The Midwife. I cannot get enough of them. They make me happy.
Chewing Gum is by far my new favourite though.
And still watching Shameless.
Also on Netflix:
Are you looking forward to school starting and the routines to begin?
What do you do for self care?
What shows are you watching on Netflix?
Have you seen Atypical yet?
Disclaimer: I am a member of the Netflix Canada #StreamTeam and get special perks. As always, all opinions are my own.