Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Goat Herder


Weston has his first job.
He is a goat herder,
 and will be responsible for the care and feeding
 of a small herd (or is it flock?) of goats.

This little guy was born yesterday
 
Andrea is Nick's school bus driver. She lives in the town next door. She has a small farm complete with goats, chickens, and several dogs. She is getting older and needs help maintaining the property. Last week, she asked me if Weston would like to help her out. She explained that she would gladly pay for his assistance.
 
As you may recall, Weston is a nature boy. He enjoys animals and being outdoors, so it seems like a perfect fit. Andrea receives the assistance of a healthy young man to help her attend to the many farm chores. Weston receives an opportunity to work outdoors tending animals and fixing things like pens, gates and fences, not to mention an accompanying paycheck.
 
I am hopeful that Weston will be up to the task. His first chore will be to "muck out" the pen. It is hard, physical labor and something I believe will be good for a boy with an excess of energy.
 
 
FYI, Pete grew up in the midwest. His first job? Working on a dairy farm, of course.
 
I am hopeful this is going to work....will keep you posted.