My other blog, Questioning my Intelligence, touches on the topic of autism today, and today's question stems from that essay.
Has anyone shared kind words with you? Sometimes, it seems that parents of children with autism only get dirty looks and criticism from others, but I know that there are people in the world who share kind words and smiles, too. Today, let's share those stories...either of kind words you've given to others or kind words someone has given to you.
One day about a year ago, a woman who works at our church preschool stopped me and shared a story. She had helped a friend by watching her children one morning. One of the children was autistic, and the experience helped her see just a bit of what parents of kids on the spectrum deal with day to day. Her friend had a hard time finding someone to watch her kids and really had appreciated the help.
The preschool mom knew Jack wasn't as severely affected as this other child, but she told me that if I ever needed someone to watch him, even on the spur of the moment, to call her.
I'd recently been dealing with the fact that a neighbor didn't want Jack in her house because he makes too much noise. At least, that's what she said. To have someone reach out to me with such a generous offer really helped assuage some of the annoyance and hurt I was feeling.
What kind words have you heard or given? What effect did they have? What keeps you from speaking kind words when you can?