Venturing out into the world
After a successful weekend I've been encouraged to see if I can get Ash out and about a little more. I'm taking it all gently so as not to frighten him and not going anywhere out of his comfort zone so have relatively high hopes but also an awareness that it's quite possibly not going to be plain sailing. To this end this morning I said I needed to go into the local town. Until now I've always felt I should give a reason for anything I was going to do and had feverishly being trying to work out a plausible story until I realised that maybe a story wasn't even necessary and so it was. Just mentioning that I was going into town was enough to get him interested and then, when we got there, I just parked and said we were going for coffee waiting with bated breath to see his reaction. How lovely to see him nod, get out of the car and head to the cafe we use because it has seats in the window which are rarely taken. Drinks were ordered, seats were taken and then we sat and watched the world go by, there was even a very little conversation as we pondered why the market seemed to have disappeared (Covid restrictions have put paid to it for a while apparently). We weren't out for long and we didn't do anything ground breaking but we did go out of the village and the world didn't come to an end because of it so there may be more to come. In fact tomorrow afternoon we're going back to the 'big' city to exchange the trousers we bought on Saturday for ones actually in Ash's size. Watch this space to see how we get on.
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