Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vacation Time

Taken July 7, 2002 on location, of the Delmarv...Image via WikipediaI have been looking forward to this week since the beginning of July.  On July 5th, we had to take our son back to school for his summer school session.  The summer school session is the longest session that he has without a weekend home, a little more than seven weeks.

I was particularly concerned about this particular session, not only because it would be so long and we would have to wait so long for him to come home, but because there would be some changes to his routine during the new session.  He does not respond well to change.

The main reason I was concerned was because he was going to be moving to a new classroom.  He had really connected with his first teacher and one-on-one aide when he started at the school last November.  While the school must have thought he was ready for the change, I was apprehensive to say the least.

He was scheduled to come home from school tomorrow, but we received an email from the school nurse on Monday.  First she informed him that she had found his glasses on her desk and that they were bent to the point where they could not be worn.  In six weeks during the summer session, he had broken four pairs of glasses, only one of which could be repaired.

Her other concern was that on Monday he refused to get off the floor.  He kept saying, "I have lost so much weight."  He must have heard that from somebody at school, but the nurse did express her concern as he has lost over 30 pounds since starting school.  He had also started to refuse to eat his favorite snacks.  For all of those reasons, it was decided that we would pick him up a couple of days early.

So, yesterday, my wife went out to the school to pick him up and bring him home.  Unfortunately, he has come home to a hot house as our air conditioning is out, and we have to wait until Saturday to get it repaired since they had to order a part.  Plus, I had to go get my second sleep study done last night, so I was not able to spend as much time with him as I would have liked to on his first night home.

I can't say for certain that the change in classroom teacher and aide had anything to do with his behavior during the summer session.  I do know that in the first seven months he was there, he didn't break a single pair of glasses, and to completely break three pairs in six week is saying something.  We also do not get the same feedback from his current teacher as we did his former one.

Miniature golf-club and ball.Image via WikipediaIt has been our plan since we learned his summer schedule that we would spend a few days at the beach next week.  We have access to a mobile home in Ocean City, so we will head out one day next week for a few days.  He has been looking forward to it for a long time so he can go play some miniature golf at the Maui Mini Golf Course.   It isn't the greatest miniature golf course out there, but he likes Hawaii, so that is where we will go.

Of course while we are out there, we will go down to the boardwalk and hit some of our favorite Ocean City eateries like Bull on the Beach where they have some tasty pit beef sandwiches.  While we are there, we will probably spend an evening or two at Arthur Purdue Stadium to check out a couple of Delmarva Shorebirds baseball games.  I can hardly wait.
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  1. Oh, I hope you are able to get some answers about why the less positive behavior. At least have a great time on your trip!

  2. Enjoy your vacation with your son! It sounds like a great place and fun for all of you! My kids still love putt-putt golf at their age. Hopefully, it was the length of the semester and your son was missing home, more than his connection with his teacher. Take care and have a great time!

  3. Shark, it has been all he has been talking about.

    Cloris the only thing about my son and his mini golf is that he doesn't take turns.



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