|Hard to miss the joy in this picture of an autistic kid, eh?|
- My son has the most independent mind & best smile. He is brilliant and honest. He's taught me so much about patience & empathy #autismpride
I think it's hard not to get caught up in our personal problems. Heck, yesterday's post was one giant whine-fest. That does not mean my life, or my son, is a tragedy. He brings me joy and I am proud of him. Did I tell you he made the Honor Roll first quarter? But I'll go a step further - I am not proud of him in spite of his autism, I am proud of him as a whole, including his autism. If I list the things about him that bring me pride, you'll see how autism is integral to them:
- He is genuine every minute of every day - he doesn't have the ability to put on a show that isn't honest
- He can access almost anything he's seen or heard his entire life
- He sees things as they really are, not how we're supposed to see them, and this helps me understand
- He lives in the moment - he remembers the past but he doesn't regret or hold grudges.
- He never gets frustrated when people misjudge or underestimate him - he truly doesn't care
- He likes people, but he is content to be by himself - I never worry about keeping him entertained
- He's very smart - he taught himself to read, caught up academically after a placement that had no academics, he really gets the abstraction that is math even though his language is very limited
Autism is not a tragedy. Ignorance is the tragedy.