When it rains, it pours. When it snows, we play hooky. Today we are taking advantage of (hopefully) the last snowstorm of the season. We’d decided the night before to have a girls’ day. Jess had a delayed start. In her perfect world, we sleep in, watch movies, and do some cooking — this is exactly how our day has unfolded.
I made us egg in a cloud for breakfast while Jess finished watching a movie, “The Spiderwick Chronicles.” (That movie is best watched in the daytime, as it’s too intense at night.) We then made chocolate banana bread together. I like cooking with her. She doesn’t realize that while she is having fun, she’s working on skills. Jess has always been sensory-defensive and usually attends cooking sessions for a short period, often leaving me to finish what we started. However, this morning, she didn’t get distracted and did 100 percent of the mixing.
Jessie prefers to look at snow from the window without interest in going outside. She does not enjoy being in the cold, does not like making snow angels, and has a fear of falling. Ice is her kryptonite. Every attempt to make a snowman has ended with her waiting at the door and me frustrated because she did not find the activity fun. As far as I’m concerned, you are never too old to build a snowman, so for her viewing pleasure, I decided to do it myself. Unfortunately, the snowballs did not pack while rolling and so he had to be made in place. The result was a miniature man not much bigger than our dog Roxy.
After a morning of fun, work must be done. There are breakfast dishes to clean, beds to make, and laundry to fold. What takes me 30 minutes to tidy will take Jessie the rest of the afternoon to complete. One of my biggest challenges is practicing patience while keeping her to the task. However, today we have nothing but time and this is the best way to spend it.
Tomorrow we go back to work. The memories of our day together will last much longer than the melting snow.
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