Can you tell me what’s missing from all of this?
I need someone who will go to the mall, go to the library, and do puzzles with me. Yes, Mom does all of that, but I’d love to have someone close to my age, you know? Leigh would happily do those things, but a 4-hour-trip for a quick run to the mall is just out of the question, obviously.
So I embark on finding an aide. I will pay someone $5/hour to… be my friend. I’ve spent the last year trying to find friends to hang out with, and it just hasn’t worked. So far, 4 people have responded to my ad on Craigslist. (I realize Craigslist has some safety issues, but they will come to the house when Mom is home to meet me). This person will help me get out in the community more, as well as hang out at home if that’s what I want to do.
Wish me luck!