Thursday, 18 October 2012

Thankful Thursday: Friends!

In 2009, when we were looking at high schools for Boy Child, there were a few we considered including the local one where probably 75 per cent of his peer group would end up at. But the school that we felt met his academic needs was one out of our local area. He was very angry with us for not letting him attend the local high school where all his 'friends' were going.

Now, given he was rarely invited anywhere and only really talked about doing things with 4 kids (he has read this post and said he had lots of friends) I was a little curious about who these friends actually were. It turned out that by 'friends' he meant kids who knew him. So not really friends in the sense that I would use the term but probably quite normal use for an Aspie.

He got over his anger about being sent to an out of area high school and we are now nearing the end of the second year there. Academically, he is flourishing. While he often talks about his friends but we haven't met many of them. I had wondered if perhaps his friends were of a similar nature to his friends in primary school.

It turns out they aren't! The day school holidays started a few kids got together straight after school and went for pizza. Over the holidays he has had a few things on as well. He has been to a sleep over at one house, been to someone else's birthday and went to the movies with a couple of girls as well.

I am very thankful that he has friends, real friends who want to spent time with him. I'm linking up with Kate for Thankful Thursday. Why not drop by and join in?

Thankful Thursday

What are you thankful for this week?


Kirsty @ My Home Truths said...

That is awesome E! My kids think of the concept of friends in a similar way. Matilda flits about and can make transitory friends reasonably easily but struggles to sustain real long term friendships - she thinks she has lots of friends. Gilbert doesn't make friends easily at all but when he does they do seem to be reciprocal. I hope your son continues to flourish at his school!

Sophie Allen said...

That is brilliant! My son (8) has a really good friend that has Aspergers, they have known each other for almost 4 years now. I can see how exciting it is for you that he is mingling and being accepted.

Leanne said...

That's gorgeous E. That really is a big thankful.
Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

Rhonda - Silly Mummy said...

My son has a BFF and I think I'm the one most excited about it!!!


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