It’s what keeps our sanity. Our family functions like a well oiled machine.
We each have our “assigned” tasks and chores and we rarely deviate from the path.
Today, I decided to cook dinner and to do that, I would need to go to the grocery store.
While this may seem pretty routine for the average person. It’s not really for ME.
I am beyond lucky that not only does Clay do all the grocery shopping, he also does all the cooking.
He can successfully navigate three stores every Saturday with both Jackson and Darrah and lay a bounty of well purchased goods on the counter upon his return home. He can tell you what sales will hit when and where to get the best deals. He has Darrah to help with Jack. And it’s a perfect arrangement.
Especially for me!
But, hey! It’s spring break. And I am feeling quite domestic. So what could POSSIBLY go wrong with me breaking Jack’s routine and bundling him into the car right after breakfast for a trip to Winco!?
Turns out– absolutely NOTHING.
I will grant you that it certainly helped that it was early morning and there was not a lot of shoppers.
I will also grant you that I was in a good mood given that THIS was the only task I assigned myself with nowhere to go but home when I was done.
We walked the aisles. We chatted away. We sang Jackson’s “Annu Annu” song.
Occasionally something would catch his attention and he would stop to ponder it.
Some people stared. Alot of people smiled.
We took our time. We had fun. I let go of any expectations of what could possibly happen and I just let myself be there with Jack.
And so I got to thinking…..ALL the stress we put on ROUTINE in the autism community? Maybe we need to shake that up a little now and then. Maybe we need to trust our kids that yeah– they can handle it-if we let OURSELVES handle it, too.
I can tell you that todays break from routine was a little slice of heaven. And I can’t wait to do it again.