I often wish the Boy was in a wheel chair, or had some outward sign from far away that says “Hey, you have to be careful with me.” But he does not, and in his Abercrombie and Aeropostale he looks just like everyone else. Yes the boy has improved socially to the point he can blend in….almost. It is like the heavy red lip stick that did not quite make it onto an elderly lady’s lips; you smile and pretend it does not stick out; it’s the same with our son. From a distance you would never know, and up close you politely ignore… well you should politely ignore, most people do not.
The minute a camera came out, the humor was gone. The Boy does not have the social ability to defend himself, or the sense to stop. And it is sad those who were involved have chosen to deflect and distract and not view the situation from our point of view; our son is handicapped, and as soon as a video camera appeared- the fun was over. No different than the kid at school who gave him 5 quarters for his 5 dollar bill so he could buy a pop from the machine. 5 for 5 what ASPIE would not fall for that con? Stuff your face with cake you will be on You Tube and become famous.
Yes, our standards and expectations are high: of the Boy and of society. It saddens me when parents of neuro-typical children accept less than perfection from the kids who can do anything and be successful without trying very hard. Again, you do not video tape a handicapped child/teenager/young adult doing something you think is funny. If it were acceptable “America’s Funniest Videos” would be won every year by the handicapped. The best example I can think of his a teacher who came right out and laughed telling me “The Boy runs like "Forrest Gump". I get a good laugh out of that each day”. Needless to say… that teacher is lucky the Boy’s parents are so… let’s say, "understanding".
By the way our plane leaves at 5:30 or is it 8:30? Oh I don’t know just plan on taking me tomorrow… sometime…right now I want cake, ...no better yet ZaxBys Chicken, hop in the car kids we are off to Arkansas to visit family and have some ZaxBy’s chicken hope we can get some Chick-Fil-A on the way as well! Oh don’t call, I am sure they will be free to join us, what else could they possibly be doing on a Wednesday night in July or is this June? Oh, it is August? Hey, I kind of like the new neuro-typical me; hang on we are changing plans if it is August it is Rib-Fest, Naperville here we come!