New water pipes are being laid on our street. It is a great thing since the old pipes thrown out seem to be broken. The price to be paid has been water shut off notices. We had one shut off last week and one was issued this week for Tuesday but the shutoff happened yesterday only.
So what is it with my son with all his anxieties and water shut offs. It was a real test and teaching moment. Last week he had a meltdown for 45 minutes and we told him to go and ask the workers outside. He went out saw around and came back. He was able to understand things weren’t under his control.
Yesterday was much better with just 20 minutes meltdown. But both times, he asked his Dad to fix the pipes under the sink and when he said he cannot, my son asked him to to go to Walmart! Yes Dad knows everything and you get everything at Walmart 😀!
Anyhow in all this mess it wasn’t until lunch time, at a restaurant, a business lunch (no water in the house, a home maker too can have business lunch!) according to my better half, that I noticed on the TV that Russia had attacked Ukraine. I was least bothered by it since I was putting out fires in my own home with no water.
Social media posts and the evening news gave me the full picture of what was happening outside my zone. Every time when something like this happens I think about parents with special needs kids like me son who have to bear a bit more than they already are. How many kids’ routines are going to be affected? How many therapies and treatments are going to be stopped? So much normalcy is affected. Just a few days back I saw a video from Ukraine where I saw people casually shopping in supermarkets. Life is not going to be the same. Lesson will be learnt but tough ones in tough situations.
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