BE KIND TO MY DAUGHTER - Or I will hunt you down.
My kids are going on field trips today. G and Bella are off to a farm. Mia is going on a Mall trip. Mia's summer school class has kids with various situations. Some profoundly affected. Some physically challenged. And I'm sitting here in tears thinking that people in the mall are going to be looking at them and thinking rotten thoughts. Maybe laughing at them. And I am sad.
If you have a typical child who can go out and laugh and play with friends and handle herself safely for God's sake get on your knees and say Thank You. Do not tell me about your carpool problems. I don't care to hear about how bored she is or that overnight camp is SO expensive or how fat you look in a swimsuit so you hate summer. I look great in a swimsuit. Wanna swap?
You have no idea what it's like to send your child out into the world knowing the world is no where near ready to embrace her.
By noon I'll be back to my cheery self. I always bounce back. I'm Kimelastic. But for right now, thinking about Mia in the Mall? I'm flattened right out. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to steam clean my carpets. Autism takes its toll on more than just people.