Love and Pride

My 9 year old is a bit quirky. As discussed previously, he may or may not have aspergers, but he definitely has some minor difficulties with change and new social situations etc. He is now in year 4 at school, and the time has come for their first residential trip away.

Carey Camp

When the subject was first broached, he gave a definite no. But his Dad and I felt it would be good for him. It might help him gain some confidence before he faces the trauma of going up to big school in September, so we managed to talk him, somewhat reluctantly, into it.

The last few weeks we have been through tears, long winded discussions about what was involved, trips to buy the things he needs, reassurances of many kinds. Until he felt prepared.

Then disaster struck. He came down with tonsillitis at the weekend, confirmed by a trip to the Doctors on Monday. I thought there is no way he will go now, as even if he felt better, he has the perfect excuse to avoid an event he has been feeling trepidatious about.

But HE WENT. He got up this morning and went. No tears, no fuss.

I am SO PROUD of him I could cry. It is such a big step for him, and he has dealt with it marvellously. He is growing up to be a wonderful, warm, funny, and compassionate child, and we will miss him the next couple of days. I hope he comes back with a grubby face, and a bag of muddy clothes, and stories of all the adventures they have had. I hope he comes back as proud of himself as I am!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. June 6, 2013 / 7:32 am

    Ahhh, that’s awesome 🙂 Good for him. I hope he gets on really well xx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 6, 2013 / 11:51 am

      thank you x

  2. Marilynn
    June 6, 2013 / 8:04 am

    What a brave boy. I am sure he will come back with a million fantastic stories about what a good time he has had! The only problem then will be keeping him at home! He will want to go away on trips all the time! Well done you for talking it through with him beforehand, that really must have helped him to make the decision. On a side note, I love the title of this blog post! Makes me think of the song of the same name by King! I really used to have such a crush on the singer. He had fabulous hair!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 6, 2013 / 11:52 am

      I had that song in mind, when I first started blogging I pretty much always used song titles for posts, but it gets harder as time goes by, but this one was easy! I hope he is having a brilliant time! 🙂

  3. SarahMummy
    June 6, 2013 / 8:45 am

    That made me cry! What a brilliant boy. I really hope he has an amazing time and it will do him a lot of good. My boys love going on residentials and camps.
    Thanks, Marilynn, just read your comment and now I’m singing ‘That’s what my heart yearns for now. Love and pride!’ Would never have remembered that song in a million years otherwise.

    • Marilynn
      June 6, 2013 / 9:11 am

      You’re welcome. I’ve been singing it all morning too!

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 6, 2013 / 11:53 am

      I have it in my head too! And thanks Sarah- I hope this is a breakthrough and next time will be easier for him! xx

  4. Wally Mummy
    June 6, 2013 / 1:03 pm

    Well done him! I’m sure all the hard wrk u put in reassuring him did the trick so well done you too 😉 hope he has a fab time xx

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 7, 2013 / 6:47 am

      I am looking forward to hearing all about it when he gets home this evening!

  5. June 6, 2013 / 10:24 pm

    What an amazing story. I hope all goes well and the trip boosts his confidence.
    I used to tutor a 12 y.o. with (suspected) Asperger’s. Keeping a social life is the most important to learning to manage one’s own differences.
    Well done you ! and Well done to your boy.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 7, 2013 / 6:48 am

      Thank you, fingers crossed it has gone well, will find out later! 🙂

  6. Older Mum
    June 7, 2013 / 6:48 am

    Oh that’s just great he went in the end. I hope he has a wonderful time. Well done all of you! X.

    • Sonya Cisco
      June 7, 2013 / 6:49 am

      Thank you x

  7. Nicola Thomas
    June 7, 2013 / 9:26 pm

    That is amazing! What a brave soul he is especially if he’s not a hundred per cent. It will be worth it both my boys have done school residential and beaver and cub camps and it is such an amazing experience for them. I bet he will get a very big hug when he comes home!

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