day 20 – how we started…

Just how we came to take such adventures is rather bittersweet.

In the run up to J’s fourth birthday, I had (as you would expect) organised a birthday party. When I told him about it, he was horrified. He was absolute. He did not want a party.

I asked him what he did want… he wanted to be on a train…

Now, it’s fair to say that, at this time, the only thing J was interested in was trains… all trains, any trains….

nothing else much mattered! It sounds easy to write now, but at the time, J really didn’t speak much, and certainly not in sentences. For him to be able to articulate his needs and wants at all was amazing and it would be fair to say there was a good amount of tantrums thrown into the pot!! On both sides, I’ll hasten to add!

But we got there… what J wanted for his birthday was a sleepy train and a steam engine… having gone to the trouble of explaining it to me, I wasn’t going to let him down!

His party was cancelled and instead, I booked the Caledonian Sleeper to Fort William…

And the Jacobite express from Fort William to Mallaig…

We had a celebration designed by J…

And he had a ball! Living it up in Inverlochy Castle!

And, that was how it started… when we realised we didn’t have to follow the rules… when (perhaps) I realised that following the rules was futile…. if you don’t want a party, you don’t have to have a party! If you do want to take a crazy adventure on a sleeper train to a Scottish castle to see a steam train… then that’s what you do!

Autism appreciation and crazy adventures started that day.

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