Wednesday, August 4, 2010

From the Wolf Den: Climbing Up

Just wanted to update my readership on our big son, Wolf, who has now, as of today, achieved a stellar ONE WEEK on Level 5, the highest level at CHYC. .

He called to tell Yukon last night that he was still "on Level", as the kids refer to it, and was able to go on a few outings without incident last week. Therapists B&B (as I call them now) also have begun a series of trips with Wolf to stores like Wal-Mart, prime ground for misbehavior. These trips are designed to foster a sense of self in a chaotic environment (and isn't Wal Mart just perfect for that). Wolf is given an objective he must reach by the end of the outing, as well as a list of things he needs to "buy". This week it was milk, eggs, shampoo, and the like; showing him the basics of budgeting and money management. It's about time.

I just got off the phone with Therapist B. and he had in his hand a permission slip. Not just for a day outing, but for a camping/rock climbing overnight into Cottonwood Canyon. I couldn't say 'Yes' fast enough.

It's time to let him go. Struggle, yes, maybe even fall, but know that somebody is below to belay him to safety. Perfect.

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