Friday, May 25, 2012

And Then Quinn Devoured All of Us

So, Team Stimey is in family therapy because....obviously.

There are reasons, reasons that mostly have to do with being a neurodiverse family in a world that isn't always friendly to neurodiverse peoples and a desire to have happy kids who grow into happy teens who grow into happy adults.

Step one: family therapy.

Well, step one is actually creating a happy home environment, but family therapy comes somewhere between steps six and twelve.

Anywho.

Thus far, Jack has been doing most of the therapy, but our therapist wanted all of Team Stimey to come in this week. So we did. And we participated in a puppet show. And said puppet show was so illustrative of Team Stimey's family dynamic that it was almost embarrassing.

The plot that the munchkins came up with was simple enough. Jack's pirate attacked Alex's monkey while Quinn's dragon puppet set everything on fire. Sam had a police man puppet and did a great job trying to restore order—right up until the dragon ate him. Oh, and me? I was the firefighter running around ineffectually trying to put out fires.

In the end, I'm not sure if just Quinn survived or if Jack and Quinn survived, but I do know that the dragon ate most of us.

Frankly, the only thing that would have made this little metaphorical play more true to life is if my puppet had whipped out an iPhone and taken a picture—which I really badly wanted to do.

Afterward, the therapist interviewed the puppets. When she asked me how I felt when I was eaten by the dragon and I said, "At least it was over," I knew almost immediately that my answer was wrong.  I mean, she claimed there were no wrong answers, but deep down I know that there were and I'm pretty sure that I gave one of them.

Regardless, at no point did the therapist's eyes widen in horror, and we are still on her schedule, so evidently we are not outside the realm of help. Also, I'll let you know when she finally tells us the secret to happiness, because I'm pretty sure that's what happens in therapy, right?

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Also, be sure to check out White Knuckle Parenting this week. We took the kiddos out to a Chinese restaurant for the first time in their young lives and then I wrote about it.

25 comments:

  1. The secret to happiness is no more therapy, perhaps?

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  2. I would really have appreciated a video of this puppet show, for full effect!

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  3. Hugs to the real you and to the dragon you. And I am totes making you an iphone puppet now.

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  4. Your answer made me laugh out loud.  I'm picturing the look on the therapists face and the thoughts in her head 

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  5. P.S. I love the term neurodiverse. I wish they had that when I was a kid.

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  6. A psychologist could have a field day with that puppet show...
    Oh wait.
    It's clear that we need family therapy too. I have to find one that tells us there are no wrong answers too.

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  7. I think the secret is more puppet shows. This time, take pictures. 

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  8. That sounds like an awesome puppet show. Too bad it had to be all theraputic and stuff, otherwise it'd probably be a lot of fun. : )
    I also really, really wish you'd gotten a picture, but you're right, that probably would've been bad (despite the true-to-life-ness)!

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  9. As one of them therapists...I think your therapist loved it...and now has lots to work with.  Plus, of course we all know the secrets to happiness;  that's why we get paid them big bucks!!  Hugs to you!

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  10. I've thought about the family therapy thing. We are a neurodiverse family, as well...and my answer would have probably been the same as yours. (Mine *may* have sounded quite defeated...and deflated.)

    Hope it goes well.

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  11. That is probably the most awesome puppet show I have ever heard of. 

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  12. I hope it helps. I remember family therapy after my parents divorced, and me just sitting in a corner like "why am i here?".

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  13. Always looking on the bright side, eh?

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  14. Your answer showed you are grounded in reality and funny as hell. The therapist should have given you some sort of prize, possibly a lifetime supply of the adult beverage of your choice.

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  15. Oh to be a fly on the wall at the puppet show... :).  

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  16. The secret to happiness, I *think* (she says hopefully), is to realize that you aren't as different from every other family as you think? And next puppet show? Show your therapist how to take video with your phone! ;-)

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  17. Dysfunction done in puppets? I'm so jealous.

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  18. Tessa aka Apples and AutobotsMay 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    If it makes you feel any better, I weather our storms and collapse in relief when they are over also.  Your family sounds like mine, and probably most everyone else's too.

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  19. Although a video would have been ideal, I think most of us get the picture. Or live it every day. Good luck with therapy!

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  20.  How awesome would that be if I showed up to the next puppet show with an iPhone puppet?

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  21.  Me too, friend. Me too. :)

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  22.  Yeah, that was better than the judgmental look she could have given me. :) I agree that finding the right person is a big deal.

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  23.  Yes. We definitely gave her a lot to work with. :)

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  24.  Yeah. And she caught me on a good day. :) I've always been thinking about family therapy as an option, but there were some specific things that pushed us to start now. I figure it can't hurt, right?

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  25.  My kids accept therapy as a part of life. That is an advantage of having a team of professionals in your life for the past several years. Hopefully they will see a point. :)

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