Gosh a triumph!! I managed to go out to a local pub for Easter lunch. I had a burger and chips which is always touch and go cos burgers can be a little dry. My mum had lamb roast dinner and my dad had fish. When we arrived we were the first there and I thought this place isn’t very popular but within 30 mins the place was packed. They still managed to keep up a brisk service and we all agreed we’d go again preferably on a day when steak is on the menu! But what a palaver before the trip. I have been hugely anxious and am getting more anxious cos my parents are going on holiday. They have decided to pay for extra care so I’m hardly on my own, which is positive but maybe a little overwhelming. And what falls slap bang in the middle? My annual trip to see “Rumours of Fleetwood Mac” – the top Fleetwood Mac tribute band. I go every year, this is something like my 6th time. I must say I enjoy them very much, they play all the hits although it is stressful going it will be more so with my parents away. I don’t begrudge my parents having a holiday, in fact it is very important for their wellbeing it’s just that I find it very hard – I’m so scared. For company and support at Fleetwood Mac my support worker from the NAS, Anthea, is coming as she has the last two years!!
Talking of the NAS I have been pleased and tickled about the society collaboration with Playmobil for autism awareness week. I love Playmobil. I still have a collection of Playmobil motorbikers on top of my cd towers. My first Playmobil was a pirate with row boat and lantern which my mum bought for me as a Friday treat, and it started from there. Playmobil from then on was my favourite toy. I loved the fact that you could get sets of different occupations. I went through phases sometimes I preferred the camper van, others the medical set. I remember loving the motor racing set and the Arctic explorer station.
As a child I was very lucky in the fact that we went to France a few times and of course France had better Playmobil than Britain. I would get the brochure and scour it for hours but there was no better treat than going to Paris, to Galleries Lafayette toy section and working out what treat I could buy. But you could also get great Playmobil at Supermarkets and local toyshops in Normandy where we often went because my dad’s subject is William the Conqueror. I often played with my brother even though he owned no Playmobil. I used to go on voyages with my fishing boat while my brother set up a stock exchange and free market economy. He is now in banking.
I just talked with my Aunt and I said I was blogging about Playmobil and she agreed it is the best toy. Out of all the people I knew as a child I had the biggest and best collection of Playmobil. I used to get very upset when people didn’t play properly with respect for either their own Playmobil or mine. Everything was kept immaculately although I did mix up my sets. I just had huge boxes full. I think we must of driven mum to near nervous breakdown when we took over the sitting room with huge sprawling games, however when we moved when I was six we had a playroom but mum would still get a little cross when she couldn’t hoover for weeks. So thanks to the NAS for reminding me about Playmobil (I do still have dreams about playing with it). I would say it was a great toy for us “high functioners”. By the way the picture of me with sheep is an Easter trip to Ickworth House especially to see the lambs.
A weekend of stress but also triumph when I feel proud of myself.