That time we tried to leave the house

5 Feb

It’s always hit or miss when one of us leaves the house.  Either Maura’s shoving us out the door yelling “BYE!” or she’s at the window crying like we’re in “Sophie’s Choice”.

Yesterday afternoon was Guitar Lesson Day, and usually Josh takes the two kids, but I got conned into going along with the lure of “You can go grocery shopping while we’re at lessons.”  Woo. Fun.

So I tell Collin to keep an eye on Maura, and tell Maura goodbye.  She balks slightly, but I explain I’ll be back, I’m going to buy some food.

Her response was a chipper “Oh! Okay Mom! BYE!” and she went back to playing with her tablet.

I go out to the car where everyone else is, and we pull out of the driveway – where I see Maura standing in the window, screaming, banging on the big picture window.  I got a bit “OMG, she’s banging on the window, crap, how strong is that window? Where’s Collin?”  Josh actually paused the car in front of the house as the four of us gaped at the sight of the unhappy screaming child in the window.

Then, from the back seat, Miriam said, “Wow…we look like bad people.”

We did.  We looked like we were just abandoning this poor girl, leaving her behind, we were going to Disneyland and she had to stay and clean toilets kind of Bad People.  And in that instant, we all started cracking up.  Because we’re really horrible like that.

But then Collin appeared, picked her up and carried her away from the window.  He figured out how to calm her down and get her settled again, as I heard nothing from him while we were out and Maura was perfectly happy when we got back, the little stinker who makes us look like heartless wonders.

Such is life with Mood Swing McQueen.



5 Responses to “That time we tried to leave the house”

  1. Terri Weiss (@maple_fan) February 5, 2014 at 10:51 pm #

    Do you have access to any special needs respite programs? I’m involved in one, and basically we provide dinner & activities for special needs individuals of any age and siblings if needed. Typically video, craft opportunities, board games, Wii, bounce house, etc. Once a month, but it gives parents a planned break and provides socialization opportunities in a safe setting. Many of us are special needs educators, etc. I laughed AND signed for you while reading this post.

    • phoebz4 February 6, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

      Nope. Maura’s not “disabled enough” to qualify for respite, or doesn’t have the right label for programs. But we’re used to it.

  2. Siobhan February 6, 2014 at 5:04 am #

    Fabulously put! A day in the life . . eh!

  3. Jackie groden February 6, 2014 at 7:19 am #

    I soo look forward to your posts! Thanks for always making me laugh when i need it!

  4. babazoobee February 6, 2014 at 8:55 am #

    HA! this is SO my life. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost been late for work (I work 2 4 hour shifts at the local big-box craft store) because my special stinker has a firm hold on my ankle, screaming away like I’m moving to Venus…..

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