Yup. The holiday season is here. Autism parents, rejoice! When most people look at the picture below, they have warm, fuzzy feelings. When we autism parents look at this picture, we think, “HA! A centerpiece on my table? Yeah, right. My child would dismantle that in ten seconds flat. Pumpkin pie? I’ll be lucky if she eats her traditional peanut butter and jelly sandwich. No way are you getting that texture past her lips!”, or whatever else comes to mind…
However, we do have things to be thankful for. I was mulling over some recent destruction in our home the other night, trying to come up with ways to avoid it in the future, and I remembered a discussion on our local support group’s Facebook page. Someone asked,
“How has autism made you better?”
Did you hear that record skip and slide? Birds or crickets chirping? Silence?
I’m sure it took each of the SM2 moms who replied a few minutes to think of something, but we all know deep down that autism has made us stronger or better in some form or other. I’d like you to take a few moments with me and consider this topic. Would you join me and leave a comment, participate in the conversation? I’ll start.
I would say I was a wall flower growing up. I was a decent leader, but I didn’t go out of my way to talk to people or socialize in a crowd. Now I am not afraid (ok, sometimes it’s less afraid) to speak up for my son, or another child who needs it. I have helped start a support group because there was nothing in our area, and I got the gumption to ask for the chance to host a special needs story time at our local library. That is not to brag–it’s to show a new strength God has given me.
I also have a different perspective now. Yup. I was one of those women who wondered why That Lady (like those capitals, Bobbi?) couldn’t control her kid in the store. HA HA! Now I know why some of them couldn’t. I see with different eyes now. I understand another’s viewpoint just a bit more.
So, how about you? How has autism made you stronger or better?