For my first installment WMLDNS, I’m not going to go for the obvious. I’m going to go off the board a bit because I have been thinking about this of late.
Yes, Autism sucks. Autism sucks the biggest, nastiest, most undesirable thing to suck that you can imagine. Other things suck equally and more. I would never claim that autism is the worst thing to happen to any person ever. That would be silly, and yet, some people like to indulge in such arguments, as if everyone’s life experiences are not subjective and relative and defined by each individual. So, if anyone feels the need to type a statement such as “it could be worse” or “at least it’s not [cancer, cerebral palsy, death by fire, consumption by grizzly bear, etc.]” or “you should appreciate your child’s uniqueness”, please, refrain from comment. Do me a favor and keep your thoughts to yourself. I don’t need you judging my pain and suffering. I don’t need your commentary on my joy and happiness. I don’t need you.
So there. I didn’t mean to rant, but I kind of like it. I will leave it.
The point that I am trying to get to is that despite the vast suckage that autism is, my kid is pretty damn happy. He smiles all the time. He loves school. He likes to go places. He loves his family. He loves to play. He has the cutest little sense of humor. He is sneaky and mischievous. He only seems completely miserable when he is denied something that he wants, and , well, that’s pretty typical.
Yes, he does retreat into his stim-world with regularity. Don’t we all need a break sometimes? Yes, he does have his frustrations that will only increase as he becomes older and more aware. But, we will deal with them as they come.
Right now, he is pretty happy, and that does not suck.