I received a card from a university friend who is currently climbing in the Alps. Switzerland is one of places that just stays with you. Gets into your soul. Makes you realise what a beautiful piece of rock we are so fortunate to live on. Shame it feels like such a leap of faith to return there without my partner.

Mad couple of days (& nights) and I’ve finally just about caught up with work (sort of). So its time to completely focus on Christmas and our son. First stage was to undertake the family ritual of me humiliating myself on the Xbox. Even with the use of his weaker hand he still wipes the floor with his Dad. During a particularly one sided football match he asked some more questions about my time at University. I would like to say I was the perfect student. Would be a lie and he wouldn’t believe it. Yes too many hangovers, too much time spent playing sports and sadly not enough dedication to studying. At the time I thought that was really cool.

During an equally one sided Star Wars Jedi Fight the subject moved onto the future. Clearly our son dreams of going to College. But he is so worried about how Aspergers and Dyslexia could limit his opportunities. It doesn’t help that he’s been put in the bottom set – seems a long way to climb. It also doesn’t help that some of the kids name call him. But that happens to far too many kids. We talked through some of the brilliant people that have succeeded in life. We talked about the stories of hope fellow bloggers had shared with me. The mountains that were successfully climbed. We discussed some of the new things we could try. How IT can increasingly help level the playing field. I told him that if a pillock like me could get to University then someone as gifted as he was could certainly do it.

Now we entered the world of ScoobyDoo. Unfortunately my Shaggy Character is no match for this adventure. My points frustratingly remains at 0 as our son’s points moves past 100. Eventually Shaggy gets lost and finally stuck in the maze. At which point our son points out:

“Dad when you where at University you were like a Really Drunk Shaggy”.

That’s not so cool…..

22 thoughts on “Shaggy

  1. Are there universities that provide support and accommodations? I know that some do here in the US, but you have to look for them. A friend of mine spent a lot of time a few years back helping her son find a place that would help him be successful.

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    1. Yes, there are 😊. My sister’s son has Asperger’s and they have been looking at universities in the Midlands. They do a foundation course before the students go into the first year of their degree, so that they have the chance to acclimatise better. There may be other points but I’m afraid I can’t remember all the details off the top of my head.

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  2. Sorry, but “really drunk Shaggy” has me rolling on the floor here. SO funny because I can picture this exactly. I think lots of us have things we regret from our younger days but I try to remember it’s all that stuff that made me who I am today…

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  3. Aw, but Shaggy’s so huggable…. 🙂 As a teacher for an online college, please keep encouraging your son! So long as he keeps up his determination and tenacity, he WILL succeed no matter what others say. xxxxxxxxxx

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      1. Yes and no. There’s oodles of resources available, like tutors and videos and things, but the student has to let us know about the extra needs–many don’t, and I only find out at the end of term when it’s too late to do anything.
        Now I don’t know about the UK, but in the States there are online school systems popping up for Grades K-12 (not sure how this fits your system. For some context, Blondie’s 8 and in Grade 3. Most kids are 13 or 4 years old when they graduate elementary school, which ends with Grade 8). This might be something to explore with your son, as most online school allows a child to be tested at his own pace, and there’d be a lot less social pressure. On the other hand, chances to interact with other kids positively shrinks considerably, so that’s something to be aware of, too. Thanks to the Internet, American homeschool groups have developed a way to create outings or sport leagues so kids learning at home still get some time among their peers. Dunno if this is something worth investigating by you, but…well, you never know, right?

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