Isn’t it funny how when you decide that you love lady bugs, you start to find them everywhere. You find lady bug silverware, t-shirts and steering wheel covers. All of the sudden, their is a documentary on PBS about lady bugs and it’s being covered in the latest issue of that magazine you’ve been reading for years.
When you pay attention, when you are looking for answers, they come.
When I asked Tatanisha, Toni and Karen to fill me in on their experiences with Autism, I genuinely wanted to know more about something that had nothing to do with me or my family. I have no friends with Autistic children. I don’t come across Autism in my job, my church or through my kid’s friends.
I was curious and I thought maybe some of you might be too.
Ever since, I have begun to see people dealing with Autism everywhere. I do have friends with children who have Autism. Just like the developmental disorder is described as a spectrum, so are all of the individuals who deal with it on a daily basis. One of my friends summed it up well, when she said, “You kind of have to live it. It’s not something you can explain.”
I understand that. I feel that way about my own childhood sometimes.
Anyway, my husband say the word “autism” on a movie cover the other day and thought I would be interested. *so stinking thoughtful* Even though we can never fully understand what another person is going through, it is important to be conscious of their struggles. How else do you learn to serve in a meaningful way?
It was Temple Grandinhttp://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=m0bdd-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B0038M2AZA&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr, a movie about the growth and achievements of an Autistic woman. This movie was amazing. It was filled with equal parts loving support and intolerant cruelty. There were teachers who you wished would quit and those you wished would live forever. Their were friends who you wanted to kiss through the screen and mean kids you wanted to beat with a stick (even though you wouldn’t because we don’t promote violence…we just fantasize about it.)
Temple’s mother made my heart just ache to the core. She was….magnificent. That is all I am going to say about that. You should watch the film. I won’t give anymore away.
Your thoughts will be provoked and you will look at your children differently. Autistic or not, you will be thinking about whether or not you are helping them meet their individual potential or trying to squash them square into a round hole.
We will have at least three more posts about Autism this month and then we will move on to something else. I’m not sure what yet. I’m taking suggestion. *hint. hint.*
You can check out Dr. Temple Grandin’s website here.
In other news, I found the most fantastic vintage mirror for my office. I cannot wait to share it with you. :)