Michael brought me an empty bag today. Well, it wasn’t empty; there were crumbs in the bottom. Apparently at one time it had a cookie in it. That time was before he had to sit and hold the cookie for 45 minutes. By all accounts it was a very good cookie. The kind you really can’t resist. Why am I telling you this? Because I love the fact that instead of hiding the bag, and pretending he never intended to give the cookie away, he brought it to me and told me what happened. He was slightly embarrassed, but really he just wanted me to know that he was thinking of me today and really did want to give me the cookie. I almost cried. This is why different is beautiful. It’s one of those moments when no matter how hard it may be at times, you are so incredibly grateful that your child sees things in a different light. Of course, I would have liked the cookie too 😉 .
April 1st marked the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. As a parent of an (newly diagnosed) autistic child how could I possibly feel ambivalent about that? Well, first let me make clear my right to change or even reverse my feelings on this at some point in the future. This is just my initial reaction to both AAM and the new CDC report about autism prevalence. Continue reading
Sometimes, not all the time, but sometimes, when Michael says wholly inappropriate (but completely true) things to people- I have to suppress the urge to giggle and give him a high five (SHHHH!!Don’t tell!). This has led me to a realization that I thought I would share. Continue reading