Tuesday, May 16, 2006
God bless the artist, Theo, who created the above landscape with a computer program. I was looking for web images while googling "the choice", and I think this picture could not more perfectly illustrate my point! Click on the link above to find his website. Thanks, sir!
Ballastexistenz had seen a movie put out by autism speaks that she found somewhat condescending. I had just recieved a link to the same production by one of the mothers in a parents group I have attended for four years.
Now, I am not belittling those mothers, although it may sound like it. I am just looking back to my own past, and how I saw autism once, versus how I see it now. It has been a gradual turning...but it is so much freer now that I have made "the choice ".
I don't know how to tell them that the great ball and chain they have around their own necks is somewhat of their own making. Remember how, in the good book, Jesus says his burden is light? I wonder if he meant only in the cases where the mothers didn't have autistic children...?
From the film, one would think there was NO JOY IN AUTISMLAND...
Okay, so my son is mild...maybe that has something to do with it?
NADA! Ben's great-godmother began a school for her daughter Judy, who is my age, nearing 50, and I don't think she has ever spoken a word. I was good friends with Judy's sister Mary Ann, and I never heard Judy do anything but yell in a high-pitched, excited voice while flapping furiously when I would come in the door. I think she liked me! But their mother was one of the happiest people I have ever known, and started a new way of seeing autistic kids, who, because of her, stayed home a few more years rather than being sent to institutions in their youth to "help the family". Judy was home until she was 18, unheard of in those days. Mrs. Hunt changed the world for Judy, not Judy for the world.
So, here's the deal.
You have a child who is autistic? You have 2 choices. You can change your child for the world, or you can change the world for your child.
Guess which is easier to do???????
Posted by Usethebrains Godgiveyou at 5/16/2006 11:13:00 AM