Please do yourselves a favour, and read this incredible piece by “Dirty, Naked, Happy”, HERE.
There is generally some disagreement as to whether World Autism Awareness Month is March or April, but quite frankly, I don’t care. Whatever month is is, awareness month or not, you should read this.
My 4yr old nephew is autistic. That’s all I am going to say about him really. It’s not my story to tell. But this article has given me a new found level of respect for my sister. I didn’t think it was possible to admire her anymore for the way she looks after by ‘bubbie boy’, but it is.
Being an expat, I only have stolen moments with him. It is of no surprise that for the longest time I was just a stranger in his eyes. It hurt incredibly but it’s one of the sacrifices we make when we chose to move abroad. As such, I miss out of all of the day to day things. I struggle to understand sometimes why she just doesn’t tell him to sit down and behave like a good boy. Me. Yes, me. Knowing as much as I do. Reading as much as I have. Listening to my Mum and Sister as much as I have. Loving them both with a fierceness that scares me. I still have these unconscious thoughts sneak in. I am deeply ashamed of that.
What I do not do however, is voice them. Be it to my sister, or the mother of a child having a tantrum in the middle of the grocery store. You never know peoples stories. It could well be a very poorly behaved spoilt brat, but it could equally be a child with special needs who has just become overwhelmed. It could well be an uninterested mother who doesn’t care that the child is making a holy show of both of them, it could also be a mother who has to stand quietly by.
Please take a moment to read this mothers’ blog post, and think next time you are about to admonish that mother in that store.