My son, Steven, has somewhat struck out on his own with his infant daughter. He moved far away from home…across the street to the small house my mom used to live in. It is a great use of the house as he has a “convenience store” across the street, OUR house, which is VERY convenient because he has neither money nor car.
Thinking as an adult, Steven bought a used Kuerig coffee maker. Using those little coffee cups to make coffee can be quite expensive for someone who has limited money. He came over the other morning, and looked at me with his puppy dog, young adult trying to be grown up, eyes. He was out of coffee! Could I help? Sure! I had about 10 jars of instant Maxwell House coffee that I’d purchased for $2.50 at the local Walgreens. Each jar made a zillion cups of coffee. He looked at it quizzically; for his Kuerig? Sure! I handed him a little coffee holder for his device, and showed him how to put a spoonful of coffee granules in it. Off he went happy, none the wiser that he could have made the same cup of coffee with boiling water instead! Someday, when I have a lot of money to buy coffee, I will explain the difference to him. In the meantime, grown up Steven can have his cup of coffee in the morning without it breaking the bank!



The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and Remaining Sane
Authored by Linda Petersen
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Comments on: "Cup of Coffee, Anyone?" (18)

  1. How sweet! Love it!

  2. I’m still stuck on “house across the street:” I definitely need one for my oldest guy.
    Thanks for the smiles n tears 🙂

    • The house is just a little summer home, (we live on a small lake, and our house was a summer home at one time, too.) It is perfect for the spring and summer. Not so perfect in the winter where it would be impossible to heat. But for the next few months, it should be great!

  3. Very sweet! Praying that I can find a place nearby for my son when he gets older. 😊😊☕️☕️

  4. Great job, Mom! I love the way you think!

  5. Love the solution!

  6. Brilliant! What a good mama you are. Yay for Steven for striking out on his own!

  7. Great that Steven feels strong enough (grown up enough) to move away from home. And isn’t he lucky to have his fantastic Mama just across the street. 🙂

  8. Love hearing your creative solutions. Our granddaughter with Autism graduates from high school today. Something we feared in her early years would be beyond her. She has come a very long way, but not sure she will be able to make it on her own. But with the grace of God and good parents, she may surprise us again. How old is Steven?

    • Steven is 22 now. He does great with every day things as long as everything is very structured. He can’t count or tell time, but we have worked around that. I also found an awesome pill container that has an alarm on it so he can take his pills himself. We send over food. I had taught him how to cook, but my hubby loves to cook so it is easy enough to send a plate over to him or to have him come have dinner with us. The structure is the key…

  9. That is nice. Good to see that he is independent and you all are still able to be there for him when he needs it

  10. Wonderful solution. How old is the little girl now?

  11. What a wonderful story… Thanks for sharing!

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