Posting that photo of Clooney below jogged my memory of another guy in a similar pose.
I grabbed my wedding album. Close, yes? And now Mark has that touch of gray at the temples. Well, more of a clobber of gray given that he's been married to ME for 15+ years. How about that giant tulle bird on my head? Or is it a hot air balloon that made a bad landing?
It takes a hell of a man to be an autism Dad. The ones I know are strong, capable and positive thinkers. We all talk about the resiliancy of the Autism Mom. The two smiling people in that photo had not an inkling of the storm that was approaching them in the form of three children with autism. Just as well, I suppose. I couldn't have survived without Mark to ease my pain and my burden. And share the joys too.
Today I'm taking my hat off to the men. Starting with my own guy. I think the Dads have unique stresses - especially the financial ones. Many of us autism Moms have to quit our jobs to handle the children. And autism is sickeningly expensive, and rarely covered by insurance except as "out of network."
To the Autism Dads of the world. THANK YOU.