When I started my own blog, I didn’t know a lot about autism. I still don’t. My first experience with it was the series finale of St. Elsewhere. The series ends with an autistic child, who we have seen on the show before, but with a different character as his father. His father is not a doctor in this reality, but a construction worker. The autistic boy is looking at a snow globe of a hospital called St. Elsewhere. We are left with the impression that the autistic boy imagined the entire series in his mind.
I happened upon this post through Twitter, where I have been trying to educate myself with all disabilities. This post rang very true with me, as I have my own struggles in dealing with a child with Tourette’s Syndrome, ADHD, OCD, Sensory Processing and more. God bless this father for saying the words we all should be saying.
*This was what my wonderful husband, Richard, wrote as a comment on my post the other day. I asked him if I could make it a post all on its own. He gave me permission…
“Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.”
There are plenty of difficulties in life. Parenting is hard, but “childering” is harder. Parents usually have some experience in navigating the complex social expectations of the world. Children must gain that experience with each passing day, hopefully with the guidance, support and unconditional love of parents who put their children’s needs ahead of their own.
But there are a lot of parents who aren’t like that. Mine for example. I was taught from birth that my obedience and subservience were more important than my own needs and desires, or personal considerations. When I didn’t do what I was told to do, or didn’t do it fast enough with a “good attitude”…
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