Thursday, May 20, 2010
It's the Little Things....
Well, this week my absolute favourite coffee mug turned up handle-less. In short: I Was Crushed. Let me give some background...it wasn't just any old mug, it was my CBC Radio St. John's Morning Show mug...much loved, much treasured, and very, very, very hard to get. It took me about 5 years to get my hands on that little beauty, I had admired one years ago, being a big CBC Radio fan (more on that later), and have been promised by no less than 3 people that they could easily get me one. 'No trouble', I was told. 'I know so-and-so all to pieces over there, I'll ask for one next time I see so-and-so.' Fast forward, didn't ever pan out. One day, after my pining for a mug, hubby told me I'd have to suck it up and do call-ins for contests like everyone else, and earn one. He was right, once I got the idea of being given one out of my system, it only took me about 2 months to win one, granted I had to go on air and answer a question, but I did it. Caller on line 1, that was me.
Every morning, without fail, I get up, put on a pot of coffee, flick the radio on to Jeff, Cecil and Nancy and sip from my precious mug, smug all the while. It's like I was in on something, part of their routine, or rather, I guess they are a part of mine. So, in the face of my broken mug, I persevered....and kept drinking from it anyway, sure it was hot to the hand, but I would overcome.
What does any of this have to do with parenting Asperger's Syndrome? Actually, quite a lot. When I am home now, full time, CBC Radio offers me the adult conversation I crave, it's one little part of myself I've managed to secure. From the Morning Show, to Radio Noon, Vinyl Cafe, or my oh-so-treasured Q...I don't get to hear them all the time, but I do get to hear them a lot. They make me feel involved and in touch with the world outside of my house.
And more importantly, parenting autism has taught me first and foremost, that if you want something, you have to ask for it. Whether that be wait-listed services, or reasonable accomodations. So in keeping with this theory, I sent along an email to the good folks at CBC Radio...and guess what?
There's a new mug waiting for me at the front desk.
Sure, I know it's just a mug, and if I hadn't have gotten a new one, I surely would have survived. But like I said, it's the little things....