Friday, March 20, 2020

Morning Rituals

DC has his morning rituals, one of which is heading to the restroom while he is waiting for his transportation to arrive.

It's a transition thing. He's done this all of his life (just ask everyone who has been traumatized waiting for him at the most inopportune times.) If we stop at 4 places, he has to visit the rest room at each stop.

Knowing this about my son and knowing that he can and will hold up everything and anything (he uses the time to recite the entire script from Anastasia or sing the whole score of the Wizard of Oz), I try to send him upstairs about every 15 minutes while we are getting ready for work.

His last trip has to be when he is standing in front of the open door with his coat on waiting for his transportation (if he does not have his coat on, it doesn't count) AND after he announces "No Prentiss there".

Knowing this about my son as well, I try to make sure he is in front of the door and ready to go a good 10 minutes before his car is scheduled to arrive, so as not to make the driver and the others scheduled to be picked up after him, wait.

Before we left on vacation, DC had his coat on and was in front of the door. I asked him to bring a package of toilet paper upstairs since he was going up there anyway (obviously this was before the hoarding began weeks later). 

He brought it up and I heard him come back down.

ME: I didn't want you to make a special trip. I thought you were going up to the bathroom.
DC stood in front of the door, looked out and said, "No Prentiss there " and THEN went back up the stairs.

Because I asked him to go up before his announcement, he had to come back down stairs to do that (or it didn't count).

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