The image belies the truth. The quiet relaxation of the pose hides the rising tide of erratic behaviour we has hoped long past.
Days when we could leave her for a while with her grandparents or allow her siblings to watch her for the few minutes it takes to run a short errand look as if they are passing.
I hope that what has shown itself this week is a residual effect of the seizure she experienced on Monday but I know that it has been building for weeks. Perhaps so too has the seizure.
Perhaps they are nothing to do with each other.
I fear the cruel irony that would give us a few years of settled, happy behaviour is coming to a close just to leave us squarely back with a young woman who cannot be trusted not to lash out at those taking care of her.
While so many others feel that burst of new hormones in their early teens and find the next few a challenge, our daughter has sailed through them happy and contented. Now, as she approaches her sixteenth birthday later this summer the edginess seems to have returned.
Or she is just thrown after her seizure.
Time will tell.
However your Friday finds you, I wish you peace and happiness.
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