I haven’t had much time to write but I just wanted to drop in and write a quick update and share a link to another blog.
First my update. I just wanted to share something with you moms who feel like you’re going to be taking care of these Aspie or Autistic kids of yours for the rest of their lives. Well, you are because they’re your kids and that’s what we do, right? But what I mean is that you will eventually be able to turn your back, let them go and they’ll be ok. I’m talking to those of you who’s kids are more high functioning of course. The reason I say this is because my 14 year old just spent 4 weeks away from me in (gasp!) another country, and he returned in one piece. And he went with his father’s (remember I’m not a fan of dad) parents. I’m not the closest to them so it’s not like he was going with my own parents. So it was tough for me. But I trust my son and felt that he could take good enough care of himself to handle it. And he did. He broke his Kindle, but at least HE came back in one piece.
So one day, you WILL be able to let go. Even if just a little. I’m not saying it’ll be easy. I missed him like crazy and drove myself a little nuts, but it was a great experience for him. And he needs to know that I trust him and needs to feel like he has some independence from mom.
Now for the link. This is from John Elder Robison’s blog. He’s an adult with Asperger’s, an accomplished author and he serves on review boards for the National Institutes of Mental Health and Autism Speaks. He’s also a photographer which, of course, I think is tre’ cool.
I stumbled on his book, Look Me In The Eye by accident. I was a HUGE fan of his brother, Augusten Burroughs’ books and he had mentioned in several of them that he had a brother with Asperger’s. Then one day while look for a book about diets for autistic children I saw a book that said : Look Me In The Eye: My Life With Asperger’s by brother of Augusten Burroughs. I HAD to read it!!! He had a very interesting life. You should pick it and read it. It will enlighten you as to what an Aspie is capable of even with NO support.
So he writes this great blog and just had a great post about research they are doing. Here’s the link. I think it’s pretty interesting.
As my kiddies all head back to school…all full time for the first time in eight years…HALLELUJAH…I will try to be more consistent on keeping up this blog. I have so much more to write. There is SOOO much to this story. Any my husband suggested I stop calling him Moose because my son REALLY hates it. His name is Anthony.