It has been a long time I posted , but we were away, and enjoyed the hospitality of an Amish farm.
We decided to make a road trip to PA, so we can explore on the way, and enjoy the beautiful landscape of America.
I prepared both kids weeks before the trip. With Amin,we did the calendar crossing to show him which day we will be the traveling day. I removed some of his favorite snacks and toys from him, so I can use them as reinforcements on the trip.
On the road, I made sure he got all his bathroom breaks as soon as he asked for it, and we were successful staying dry all the way. I made sure we stopped every 1, 1/2 to 2 hrs to stretch our legs and move around a bit. I think I was more stressed than the kids, but we arrived to PA in a great mood without any meltdowns. I called it a complete success.
Amin and Safiyya adjusted really well to the hotel, I think being really tired from traveling for 2 days helped a lot too. We had a little incident at 3 am in the morning when Amin woke up and asked to go home to his bed. I was able to diffuse that very quickly with the help of a stuffed animal we brought from home, and laying next to him and massaging his hands. After that night he was much more comfortable as long as I was right next to him.
We were invited to an Amish farm where some of our new friends were staying for a short time. It was an incredible experience for me and the children. My son has allergy for everything, he has 3 pages of reports what is he allergic too. Taking 2 different kind of medicine , and I have to shield him from everything to avoid his allergy to flare up. I travel with bags of medicine unfortunately, so if anything happens I can help him until the help arrives. Yes, this is not an ideal situation visiting an Amish farm in a middle of nowhere. The worst case scenario certainly crossed my mind, but exposing him to new adventures helped me overcome that fear, and I am so glad we made that trip.
My son became someone I didn’t know, a new child. He was talking , exploring and never wanted to come inside.(well the never want to come inside is not new ) He spoke in complete sentences, never had to prompt him to ask for things, he requested on his own , mainly he wants to play with the animals, or in the sand box, or just to run in a wide open space.
The experience was wondrous for me and his sister. We were allowed to use The Amish family’s home-grown organic fruits and vegetable, they had their fresh milk from their very own cow. Amin is allergic to milk, so he had not had regular milk for years. Before I knew it he drank a full glass of that milk, which almost gave me a heart attack thinking what discomfort he will have. Happy to report, that he had not had any reaction discomfort f any kind. This made me think about more what am I putting in this child. I try my best to get both of my children eat organic, natural as much as possible. Even the organic milk gives him discomfort that last for hours and very painful. So I asked the family “what do you feed your cows?” They simply told me they graze all day long, and drink water. Now my question is what is going on with the organic milk I spent so much on? The Amish farm looked better and better for me and my children by the minute.
Once my daughter made friends with one of their dogs, the verdict came from her directly…”lets buy a farm mommy, we are Oh so happy here.” Yes, we were very happy there. I personally was relaxed, I enjoyed seeing my kids being able to be kids, get dirty, walk and run bare footed, touch and feel and experience things that they had never had a chance. I enjoyed looking at both of them sitting in the shade not worrying about they might touch something with pesticides or other harmful chemicals on them.
When my son picked some raspberries and quickly eat it without me being able to wash it, but no worries here, there were no pesticides used on anything there. ( I still like to wash everything)
This visit reminded me of a previous post I posted a year ago called, Horses, Donkeys and sheep helping Autism. This was a great article explained how successful this one farm was employing autistic people to work there. It really makes a big difference in a person’s life. After I posted that article, I wondered how does this idea work, since most autistic individual have many sensory issues. How can they get used to all the sensory input on the farm. The experience with my son gave me a validation that this type of setting can be very helpful for autistic kids and adults as well. Also I have to admit it worked wonders for me as well. No computer to work on, and the environment was so serene and beautiful that I did not want to miss a moment using my cell phone either.
We were carefree and truly happy there. Now, when my son wakes up in the middle of the night in his own bed that missed so much on the first night, he asks me” let’s go to the farmhouse mommy please” Spoken with clarity in a full sentence. I whisper to him on those nights that with God willing we will go back there, or we might have our own farm. He smiles, and holds my hand, and falls back to sleep, and I know he is re-living all the wonders he experienced in his dreams.