My grandson may be leaving

My grandson who will be 15 Monday got up in the night and lighted a bunch of candles.  His mother had left the matches right in front of the TV.  When she woke up the candles were still burning.  Now she says this is proof he needs to be in a residential program somewhere.  He spent a year in Florence.  I don’t want to see him leave again.  His autism and possible Bi-polar disorder make him sometimes difficult to live with, but he is a sweetheart, so precious.  I love him as if he were my own.  I don’t want to lose him again.  Of course I want my family to be safe; but I don’t think he will light candles anymore since she told him not to.  (Sigh).  Please pray for God’s will for Matthew.  God’s very best. Thank you so much.

3 thoughts on “My grandson may be leaving”

  1. Oh that’s so sad.

    I think he could use a lesson in fire safety w/ a bonfire safely outside with water near by. Has the importance of supervision near fire been explained to him? I understand your daughter’s concern, but he is a child, like any other, and still learning.

    My teenager is/was curious about fire. I taught her how to light a lighter and matches. I showed her how to light a candle. I let her fingers get close the flame so she can feel the heat. She has permission to light candles, but she must always ask me first, every single time. Because she has Asperger’s Syndrome – she’s never failed to ask.

    My heart goes out to your grandson.

  2. Thank you so much for caring. I saw him today. He had slightly burned two fingers but not badly at all — they don’t even hurt now. I hope he will get to stay home with us.

  3. I saw him yesterday (stayed with him after school) and things seem to be settling back to normal. It would take months for his mom to find placement. Maybe longer. I feel hopeful that by then his meds will have improved (trying something new) and his mom will not decided to send him away. I feel like it’s going to be allright. My heart has peace. And I am trusting God, whatever happens. I feel like He told me it’s going to be okay.

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