Pier Peers

Joshua slept in for 5 more hours than me yesterday and i enjoyed an hour long beach walk with the dogs long before he stirred, we were almost the only walkers out at 6 am. When Joshua did rise, it was clear that while he was still improving, he was still not 100% and still looked pale. His complexion was improved by a warm bath after his porridge and then we were ready to face the day.

The three of us set off to walk down the town, but Joshua dragged us left and down the hill towards the beach rather than right and uphill towards the town, once again he showed us that he knew exactly where he was an what he wanted to do. He was beaming as he strode out along the prom arm in arm with a parent either side, and we decided to test him, to let him call the shots and see if he remembered the Pier from the summer. As we approached he slowed but did not pull to go in at first, not until it looked as though we were going to walk him passed, then he pulled back.We walked through the noisy pier, full of flashing lights, and he found his way back to the basket ball machine where he had spent my money back in August. He knew what he wanted and so we fed the game pound coins once again and he re-found his throwing skill.

The cafe he had loved in the summer was shut as they close off the external parts of the pier for the winter, so we sought out a new pier cafe by the entrance, that we had not used before and selected a table by the window, looking out over the wild sea. Joshua’s throat was still sore as he rejected the toast we bought for him but he drank a lot of orange juice. But his eyes lit up when the waitress delivered a bowl of chips to an autistic young man wearing ear defenders, so even though it was only 11 am, we weakened and bought him a bowl too, and of course we all three of us tucked in.

It turned out that this cafe, for some reason, seemed to be ‘the go to place’ with young adults with learning difficulties, as soon the two young men were joined by a young lady in a wheelchair and as we were leaving, a group of adults was led in by their carers. Maybe it was the sea view, the ramp access, the lights and noise of the amusements or the delicious chips, but the parties with a young person with a disability out-numbered the neuro-typical family groups yesterday morning, which rarely happens but it made me feel very at home.I was delighted to see so many SEN young people out in the community, enjoying themselves on the pier.

Sadly that was the extent of Joshua’s exertions for the day, he managed to get home again, where he parked himself on the settee and curled up for a nap, he did not leave his comfy spot for the rest of the day. Hopefully he will feel better and have more energy today, though he has generously passed his germs onto his parents so we might all be fighting each other for a place on that settee today!

Shooting hoops

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