FOWC with Fandango — Routine

For some of us, an interruption in our routine is merely annoying, but for some, routine is everything and just the slightest deviation can be catastrophic.
I worked with a young man who had Downs Syndrome, and his day had to proceed a certain way. He was chatty and capable in his work, but had he got up late, had something different for breakfast or the bus was late, it could take him a while to get things together in his head.

I like routine. I like to know where I stand and what has to be done every day/week.
I suppose it’s boring to some and I suppose the most spontaneous I’d be would be to go out for a walk or a drive, or heaven forbid, go clothes shopping!

Maggie is also a creature of habit and routine, so much so you can practically tell the time by her.
She knows when her second outing of the day is (she now accepts that first thing in the morning she is expected to perform in the garden), when it’s time to eat (that’s us, not her, she’s perfected the scrounge, the little minx), her third outing, the fourth, and finally bedtime. At 8.30 she takes herself into the bedroom, though we don’t usually retire until 9.

The clocks go back this month. On the boat, the hour either way didn’t bother her, but when we were in the cottage it took a while for her to adjust. She seems to have been OK here, but for each 24 hours, her routine is more or less the same.

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About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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2 Responses to FOWC with Fandango — Routine

  1. We can tell time by our dog, too….sometimes I think she’s the smarter one. Time doesn’t change; we do?
    Enjoyed the post

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