and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Autism Awareness (or something like that)
We're just about half way through Autism Awareness Month and it's dawned on me that I haven't gone out of my way to help make others aware (like I have time for that). But yesterday, the bird and I stopped by Whole Foods. As we approached the checkout, I noticed a blue puzzle piece pin affixed to the shirt of the lady behind the counter. I asked her about it. She said that last week WF had a day where they donated a very small percentage of sales to Autism Speaks (yeah, yeah, not everybody digs this organization, but whatever- they raise awareness); she said WF even gave employees basic info about Autism in effort to educate them a bit. I could tell that she didn't have a personal connection and possibly didn't even know anyone who had Autism. So, I called the bird over (she was busy with her hands in the big bin of orange juice cartons filled with teeny tiny pieces of ice: "I want ice, mommy!!"). I introduced her, "this is the bird. She has Autism. Sometimes, this is what it looks like."