Saturday, November 3, 2012

This is the true face of #autism...

This is the face of autism...not pretty, not glamorous...unbelievably exhausted! I only wish I could unwrap the joy today. Third night this week my beautiful child decided to get up at 4 a.m. I hope parents with "regular" children appreciate sleep. This is the face of the parent of a child with special needs and boy are we not kidding when we say "special needs"! Having to get up, stay in her room because God forbid she stays quiet and plays by herself, not gonna happen. I can't keep her quiet for the life of me so I have to constantly redirect her to the bed. So it's not like I lay on her bed and try to get some sleep, I have to do what I can for her not to wake everyone else. This is the face of stress and trying to smile through the pain of sleeplessness, working full time, making time for everybody, depressed because I am unable to go to the gym as much as I would like to and last but not least sad, very sad. Don't dare feel sorry for me, just keep this in mind when you meet this face of autism and be kind. We are not parents who look our best all the time, but we are survivors who have been through hell and back. And despite our stressful situation, we have a smile on our face. So when you reject us in the most minimum way, it breaks our heart and our spirit. This is the true face of autism.

1 comment:

  1. Get my brother in law out of bed and help out! Mark, you lazy gringo!