I was talking to a colleague many years ago about Joshua’s difficulties and I was asked ‘Can he show you that he loves you? ‘ and I replied, very much so and I was told ‘Well that is everything you need then!’ It may not be ‘everything’ but it is certainly most of what I need.
Joshua showed that he loved me at 4.30 am yesterday morning. I had got home from Germany at midnight and it was 1.30am before I made it to my bed as I was telling my husband all the stories from the job and was drinking my much-missed tea. But at 4.30 am Joshua was on the landing calling me and his face simply lit up when he saw that I was back, from wherever I had been last weekend! His excitment was such that he was not going back to sleep anytime soon, so we came downstairs, where I was treated to lots of bear hugs. I gave him cereal and we watched some TV together, then had a bath after which, around 6.30am, he became sleepy again so I tucked him in his bed, where he promptly fell asleep.
He showed that he loved me again after his school day as I met him from school for a change, as I had missed him too, so I asked Yorkshire GRandma to skip a night.More bear hugs, smiles and he followed me around, as though he dare not let me out of his sight again. I gave him a tub of German Gummy Bears from the airport and he sat happily helping himself, tucking into his gift.
I am so fortunate to be welcomed home in such a way, most 17 year olds might grunt when their Mum returns after two days away. I was in no doubt that I had been missed and even though it was bit too early, I was delighted to spend time with him too. My husband was away last weekend, I was away this weekend and it is Joshua’s turn in respite, this coming weekend, so there is neat symmetry in that. The weekend after, we all three go away together for a fortnight’s holiday and I for one, cannot wait.