The quickest sequel ever. Only a few hours ago I wrote about where did the summer holidays go! Where did the first 6 months of lockdown go. It’s ending for many but not for some. Not for us. That got me thinking, which is dangerous🤪🧐
What has changed for Hawklad and me over those 6 months.
So for Hawklad the following have been the big changes…
- His fears about health and illness have gone through the roof. Just exploded. He is wracked with anxieties and the need to wash is never more than a few minutes away.
- His social anxieties have become more prominent. He is more inward looking, and less likely to interact with others. As a result he had become more isolated.
- He is more aware of the world.
- He is more aware of Aspergers.
- He is more aware of the incompatibilities between the outdated world and those who are on the spectrum.
- His reading has really come on. In his words – ‘more of a part time dyslexic now’. The irony that happened without direct school teaching.
- His available world has shrunk. The days of school, trips to the beach, a hill walk, an outing to a historic site, a visit to a friends house – they all seem a distant memory. Most days he can’t even get to his own front gate.
- He has shot up. Now taller than his Dad.
- He has become thinner. Need to watch that.
- He became a teenager. Almost instantaneously he suddenly found movies like Dumb and Dumber, Bill and Ted and anything by Will Farrell hysterical.
- He has a truly shocking hairstyle. Dad is great at doing them and he has so much hair to mess up.
- He can now talk about his mum without so much sadness. Much more about being proud of her.
- He sleeps much less now.
- He is becoming more clingy. Needing more reassurance that I’m in the house somewhere.
- Many of his personal traits, those that are often identified as being Aspergers, have become more pronounced. More marked.
So many things have changed for our son. Changes in circumstances, physical changes, changes in personality. Some of these changes could be down to the lockdown but it could also be a natural development. It’s a difficult time for him, to be a teenager. But add in Aspergers and it can be such a disorientating period. Trying to find a fit between the complex world and the need to find personal identity. Finding that sadly Aspergers is still not widely seen as being socially acceptable. What to do? Try to confirm or be himself. All this at a time when he may become more inwardly looking and less likely to talk to about his emotions. Potentially troubling times ahead. Maybe that’s the next theme for our journey. We shall see.
Soon I will try to do a similar list for me. What’s changed for this Kermit the Frog.