It’s the school Easter holidays and at Edward’s marvellous school they run holiday clubs, so I’ve booked him into them for three days.
So, on the Monday we dropped Edward off and decided that we would have a Mummy and Matthew day. I do feel that this is a particularly important thing to do. I am conscious that having a younger brother with special needs can be a bit of a challenge. Edward is extremely cute, loveable, joyful and adorable but he’s really hard work, so wherever we go he gets a lot of attention. I also worry that I put pressure on Matthew to help me out with him when we’re out and about, for example I say ‘run after him and stop him.’ So a day out together is just what we needed.
We decided that we would go Tenpin bowling. Matthew had only been bowling a couple of times before for friends birthday parties. He always came back buzzing and wanted to go again.
I quite like that you can bowl in your own shoes nowadays but I also miss having to wear the ridiculous looking bowling shoes. Matthew will never get to experience the red and blue bowling shoes and I feel he’s missing out.
We had a great time, even though I won, he was really happy with that and was overjoyed when I got a strike. I think I scored some Mummy points for that too. It was over quite quickly as there was only two of us and we’d booked just one game.
After bowling we went to Pizza Express with our Clubcard vouchers. Matthew loves Italian food not just pizza but he actually adores Tomato and Mozzarella salad so he ordered that for the starter. Then he wanted the Tomato and Mozzarella pizza so we shared a big one of those. Of course we had to have pudding too.
Matthew and I don’t get to spend the day just the two of us very often but it’s something that we need to try and do more often. It’s important to build our relationship without having to cope with the challenges of Edward.
Matthew copes really well having a brother with special needs, he really does love him and likes to look after him. We have to remember that Matthew is still only 8 and shouldn’t have any responsibilities so that’s why it’s important to go out together.