After a rough couple of months I woke up today ready to get back in the saddle again. I'll tell you about the great things that happened regarding Daniel this week at the end of the post.
It seems most of my posts these days are thanking the blogging community. I received so many comments and emails of support and I appreciate it so much.
I've been in such a fog since we found out Dan's going to Afghanistan. I did restart the sleeve so it should be smooth sailing now. I'm so behind in my blog reading I might as well just start fresh.
I have been playing with some spinning though. It's so much fun to play with color in spinning. You never know what you're going to get.
Here's some roving that I dyed and stripped down into thin strips. The middle is the singles and the one on the left is a simple two ply. I need to try a little Navajo plying with it. It's just amazing how you can get such different looks from one roving. The colors aren't as dull in person.
This next picture has the roving, a small piece of two ply and a couple of skeins of Navajo plied. There's also a knitted swatch. I just knit the drafted roving. It's not spun at all. Very lofty and soft and surprisingly strong.
Last night as I let Bailey out before heading up to read I noticed it was still light out. I took this photo at 10:20 p.m. Is it any wonder the boys are having a hard time winding down to go to bed.
Thank God Thursday is the last day of school. I'm looking forward to having the boys home. Remind me I said that come mid July. lol.
So, I've told you all about all the bullying problems at the school regarding Daniel... It came to a head on Monday. One of the main names I heard all the time was "Charlie". I knew he was new to the school and he's on the bus stop before ours. On Monday Daniel had had enough and blew up. He decided that the best course of action was to wrap his hands around Charlie's throat and choke him. They literally had to pull Daniel off of Charlie. Ugh. Daniel had never been violent before... not to other people. He used to throw things a lot when he had meltdowns but that's been a long time now. You can imagine how upset Charlie's mom was when he got home with marks around his throat and the school hadn't called her. I just happened to be at the school when it occurred or I may not have known about it. At any rate, she called for a meeting with the principal. They were to meet with him on Wednesday morning. I knew about it and asked that the principal let us know how it went because I wanted to see if they'd be receptive to working together.
I'd sat in with him on Tuesday talking about all the problems I was having with the counselor not letting me know things that I should be contacted about. At the meeting I had with him I asked if he thought it'd be a good idea to extend an olive branch of inviting Charlie to Daniel's bday party next week. He didn't think it was. When... oh when... will I ever listen to my own instincts?
After my meeting with the principal I went to help out with Field Day. I witnessed Charlie helping Daniel catch a grasshopper. While they were on the ground Charlie put an arm around Daniel's back and got in his face and said, "Daniel... I'm really sorry about yesterday" I saw a huge spark of hope. I decided right then that we were inviting Charlie. I went over and told Charlie what a wonderful thing he'd just done and asked to shake his hand. Then I went and told the principal what I'd seen. This boy had no idea I was watching and I know adults that could take a lesson in apologizing from this boy!
Wednesday afternoon I called Charlie's mom. I told her that I hoped she didn't mind my calling. She was open and receptive from the very beginning. She told me about the meeting with the principal and we both admitted that until the day before we'd both thought each other's kids were the problem. I told her about Charlie apologizing and how impressed I was. Then she impressed me. I had no idea that the night before they'd gotten on the internet to look up Aspergers! When she called the principal after the choking incident he told her about Daniel. So we were on the phone for a good hour and a half to two hours. We both said several times, "I'm SO glad we talked! What a relief!" Both boys had been in turmoil for months because the school had missed the boat. We vowed to contact each other from now on when we hear anything about our boys and to work this summer on building their friendship. Charlie will be a prime candidate for Daniel's Circle of Friends group and I'm thrilled. I do believe I've found a new friend too. In fact, we're meeting this morning for coffee and then we're going to the school to have lunch with the boys. This will show both the boys and the school that we have a united front. I just wish I'd listened to my instincts in the beginning. How's that for a small miracle? Of course, Dan was away in Garmisch all this week but he did call the principal on Wednesday to see how the meeting with Charlie's parents went.