"Our struggle still feels wonderful tonight"
-The Hold Steady
Okay, so the struggle doesn't feel so wonderful, but it is ours. You really need to live this life to get it. I do have nice support and love from my family and some friends, but the most amazing support has come from the people who are living this life, too. There are so many of us out there. You can be in a large crowd, not know anyone and somehow bump into someone whose kid has special needs and you're immediately bonded. Sisters.
I have sisters who are walking through this with me in real life: Melissa, Susan, Jen, Arlene (there are others). We've met sitting in therapy centers, waiting rooms, etc. But there are others, too. Others I've never met in for reals. They're my sisters, too. This is where I go when I need support, empathy, understanding and compassion. Humor, too. A lot of humor. We'd be pretty effed without our humor.
Loads of people sell ad space on their blogs or review products or do giveaway contests. I think there's absolutely nothing wrong with that- especially as therapy costs add up! I've been approached to do this, but that's not what this is about for me (for now, anyway). This whole blog thing started out as a way to showcase our life in Michigan for my friends and family out in California (look! here we are in the snow!). It kind of morphed into this whole Autism thing because, after all, that is our life. Then something happened: I started meeting other moms online with similar situations. And there's that instant bond. That's what this blog is about for me. It's a fun way for me to tell you what's happening in my life (with and without Autism); a way to share funny anecdotes; a way to help inform others who aren't so familiar with Autism; it's a plea for support. Thanks for being there. And thanks for not being creepy.
The two most powerful words ever spoken are "me too". There's so much comfort in knowing I'm not alone. I've made some pretty great connections over these interwebs. Without a doubt, Lynn is one of my favorite "special" moms. I am so glad I got to meet her in person last weekend. She already wrote about it (she's quick) and she's way funnier than I am. There's no pretense: we know each other. We are bonded by something that is bigger than we ever expected. Plus, it's fun to laugh about some of the quirks we deal with and the abbreviations we live by: ASD, LRE, OAT, GFCF, etc. It's beyond comforting to know that there are people who totally get it just an email (or a 4.5 hour drive) away. So, thank you to all of you "special" moms with just a little bit more on your plates. Thanks for the support and keep it up, ladies. I need it!!
This picture is Lynn's but I had to use it because I'm standing sideways in the one on my camera
This is me with Lauren, whom I will be stealing from Lynn to come live with my family and work with my bird. Don't tell Lynn.
Alright, now go read Lynn's post. It's a good one!!