Springingtiger's Blog


Family Time
January 20, 2016, 22:30
Filed under: autism, Health | Tags: , , , ,

The emphasis is on time. However much we may love them I don’t think anyone would argue that families are a drain of time and energy. That’s just the way it is and we’re all drainers and drainees according to circumstance.

For me the hardest part of family visits is their unpredictability. A quick visit for a cup of tea and a chat to see how people are can become — without warning — seven hours and dinner. This can be nice, but less so when I have other things planned for my time. I need the events of my life to match the predicted schedule. Thwarted expectations leave me frustrated, fractious and drained of energy. I appreciate that people are being kind, but a kind invitation when unexpected which causes my predicted plans to evaporate is no kindness to me. I like to spend hours with my family, however I do need to know I’m going to be doing it.

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