Sunday, May 13, 2012
This year I took a great, risky leap forward into the world of "what normal families do" and suggested that we go out to dinner as a family at a nice Chinese restaurant. I was pretty nervous about it all day. We've had many powerfully stressful moments at restaurants and have tended to avoid them almost entirely as a family. It's hard enough to manage Josh's sensory needs but our girls can also be a handful in new situations. However, in my heart of hearts, this is what I wanted. I realized that it meant more to me to do something "normal" like going out to dinner than to have a massage or any other material gift. And I thought we might be ready
Of course, we were still strategic about our outing. We made reservations for 5pm and asked for a table way in the back corner. We brought Josh's headphones and ipod in case it was too loud or in case there were crying babies around. I prepped the girls all day on how we behave in restaurants and how we might need to leave if their brother was not doing well. I thought through the menu ahead of time, planning for what might work for the kids to eat.
It went really well. Alex and I even had a little bit of adult conversation about how our morning had gone at church while the children ate their food quietly (momentarily). After the food was eaten and the fortune cookies were inhaled, we drove down the street to our local municipal airport and yelled at helicopters together. Josh sat in the car, blissfully listening to music, laughing his head off at something only known to him.