School holidays with a teenager can be hard work. School holidays with a teenager when you live miles away from anyone can be even harder. The word "bored" is one of those words I have come to dread, and it gets used quite often these days. Most of Amy's friends live a good 50 minute drive away and even though I don't mind taking her to see a friend, I can't really leave her because she isn't like your average teenager. She doesn't do streetwise or sociable or fits in with anything. She finds it difficult to mix with typical teenagers and they, in return, find it difficult to mix with her. It's not easy being a teenager and having autism because friends are few and far between; a teen with no road sense and a vulnerability that requires more supervision than other kids her age, makes most other teens shy away, mainly because I guess they feel like a babysitter. And let's face it, what 14 year old girl wants a babysitter the same age?
So I usually get left to entertain my teenager during school holidays and even though I don't begrudge this in the slightest, I do feel a pang of sympathy (and guilt) knowing that my big girl would much rather be walking around town with her mates or having girly chats about boys and things in her room, with the door tightly shut and her music on full blast. It's what I did when I was 14.
Sometimes, autism really sucks.