It started raining as we drove out to New Jersey horse country on Saturday morning.
We kept driving, saying 'it'll let up.' If it didn't, we figured Charlie and Jim would ride anyways. After all, they rode throughout the winter in 19 degrees weather and, last Christmas day, with a Nor'easter expected.
One thing I've certainly learned from life in autismland is that you just keep going, no matter what the weather, the daily 'incident,' or what have you.
It was grey but dry when we pulled into the gravel parking lot. Charlie asked to wear 'green jacket' meaning (we think) his yellow jacket as his, and Jim's, were in the back of the car. Despite the fact that it's the middle of May, Charlie has still been putting the jackets into the car prior to our biking outings. I had stored the jackets in the basement a few days ago, only to see Charlie drag them up after a few minutes.
I guess you could say he likes to be totally prepared for his biking adventures.
Jacket-less but sweatshirted, Charlie and Jim rode off. There were a few sprinkles and a leashless dog o the trail but they kept going at a sustained, steady pace. (And, the dog's owner kindly picked her pet up.)
Jim and Charlie returned after 22 miles, our boy with a tremendously happy smile on his face.
Nothing like a feeling of accomplishment for self-motoring all those miles.
Happy fourteenth birthday to a boy who is showing himself again and again able to go much farther than could ever have been foretold when he was a long wriggling newborn fourteen years ago; when he was diagnosed with autism of a severe kind just after his second birthday; when he and we slogged through one messy setback after another, after another.
Together we all endure.