Sunday, December 4, 2016

Why Do Others Make Fun Of People With Autism?

"Mom," Tommy said the other day. "Why do people sometimes call people with autism retarded?"

I closed my eyes for a few seconds. I cannot stand the r-word. It makes me cringe. It squeezes my heart. If that word could be banned forever I'd be thrilled.

And now my son was asking why people with autism were called the word. He has autism. So it was only natural that he'd ask.

"People who say that have ugly hearts," I answered honestly. "They aren't kind. They don't get it."

Tommy thought for a few seconds. "Why do people make fun of us? Like, why do people mimic this?" Tommy made a show of waving his arms all over the place. Sometimes people with autism flap. Tommy flaps, but he's learned to do it in private. But not everyone does it in private.

I swallowed.

"Have kids...been mean to you at school?" Why else would he ask? Were there teenagers mocking him? My immediate thought was to march to the school and grab all those monsters by the ears. I don't know why. I also pictured myself doing a fantastic impression of Shirley Maclaine in Terms Of Endearment when her daughter needs the shot. Only I'd be screaming at everyone to be kind.

"No," Tommy replied and I let out a sigh of relief. "I check out YouTube videos. Sometimes people make fun of autism." He shrugged like it was no big deal, but I knew it was a big deal to him. He has autism. He doesn't want people to think he's the r-word. He doesn't want others to mimic his behaviors that help calm him down and center his world.

"Well, like I said, those people are cruel. Don't pay any attention to them."

Tommy nodded. "Plus," he said matter-of-factly, "I'm probably much smarter than all those people. I think everyone with autism are smarter than those people."

I chuckled.

"You're right, Tommy. You're so right."

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

7 Things We Must Do During The Holidays

The holidays are here and I'm thrilled. I love the lights that come with it. The food. The fun. Every year there are things my family MUST do.

1. We always make sugar cookies and buttercream frosting. Natalie usually dumps at least an entire thing of sprinkles on like two cookies, but it's why she has her own batch.

2. We decorate the tree together. Yes, it might mean the kids put like three ornaments on one branch, but it's okay, I can fix it when they go to bed.

3. We see Santa Claus. Although my kids are getting bigger, so we might not always do this. But maybe we will. I mean, it's SANTA.

4. We play in the snow. Well. At least we DID. We're in Texas now. Snow doesn't come here very often. But we can remember how we used to play in the snow.

5. We're also always thankful when my husband is able to be home for the holidays. Since he's in the military, he's not always with us. So when he's home, we thank the Air Force for allowing him to be home.

6. We go see fantastic movies together. Last year it was the new Star Wars. This year it'll be SING©, a hilarious movie about various animals who participate in a talent contest. It comes out on December 21st. 

7. We eat delicious food together. Cookies. Brownies. Cakes. Cereal like Honey Bunches of Oats®.

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What are some of your holiday traditions? Will you be seeing SING©?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Hey, It's Okay

I got this idea from Glamour magazine. You can link up any day of the week. All you have to do is make a list of what you're okay about. Simple!

Hey, It's Okay....

--To be ALMOST done with the new Gilmore Girls. I wish there were more episodes. I only have one left. But then I'll know what the 4 words are.

--To not be surprised that Kanye West was hospitalized. I hope he gets the help he needs.

--To have seen Moana over the weekend. It was a sweet movie. My husband was pleased that there weren't songs every "damned ten minutes" like in Frozen.

--To hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a good one! I did. I celebrated on Thursday and again on Saturday. I pigged out and didn't even care about calories.

--To have dragged out the Christmas decorations. Most of them are out now.

--To plan on giving Natalie's teacher a $25 gift card to Starbucks. I am amazed at all teachers do on such little pay. She's also getting a Harry Potter themed gift since she loves Harry Potter. Thank goodness for Etsy.

--To have driven through some Christmas lights! Then there was an area where you can walk through them. This was one of our favorites:

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