Compulsory Craft TimeBy Veronica Smith – 11 Comments
In the spirit of the new year I am going to make the best out of a situation that we haven’t really got any control over – hubby is as well.
My now 14 year old daughter has normal intelligence but what amounts to a processing problem (Severe Mixed Orthophonological Literacy Disability). This means that we have spent many years with assessments and help. All of these have been away from home and given our location always 1 – 2 hours from home, and we’ve been doing it 1 to 3 times a week for years.
What has this got to do with crochet? Well as it turns out it has lots to do with it this year. She has progressed and needs a new type of help and the help will be coming to us. That’s right, coming to our home, NO traveling any more. This will make it so much easier on everybody including my daughter who wont have to be extra stressed and tired from traveling. Back to crochet. The nice new specialist will be here Sunday’s for 3.5 hours. This means her and my daughter will need quiet for that time. This in turns means that my eldest, my hubby and I all need to be out of the way.
…You hear that, “out of the way”. This means that I will get 3.5 uninterrupted hours in my craft room that I won’t feel guilty for taking. Hubby gets the same in his office/studio where he has a myriad of things to do, or he can go to the shed. The 21 year old will either be at work or she can get some of her studies done or just mess around in her room (she’s a nerd, if she isn’t at work she will take the opportunity to do uni stuff).
Anyway – for the first time in 10 years there is ‘intervention’ (which is what they politely call special help) that I don’t have to be involved with. Hope that doesn’t sound like bad parenting, she is 14 now and hates me in with her on all these sessions all the time, she gets enough of me when we have to do all the follow up work. She’s actually feeling quite positive about this, probably feeling a bit more independent and in control of what is happening to her.
So back where I started this blurb. I have 3.5 guilt free hours to play with yarn every week. Now I suppose I am going to have to have something to show for my time? I hope so.
Oh, and I have just downloaded Rachel’s “Diamond Eyelet Wrap Sweater” pattern so I should get on to that and show it off!
…guilt free crochet time. Now all I have to figure out is how to get guilt free chocolate consumption and things will be perfect!