1. Keri Thompson
    November 12, 2018 @ 11:06 am

    Thank you. I love you. I hear you. I will tell.


    • Karen
      June 23, 2020 @ 10:47 am

      You elegantly speak for those of us who have the same heart breaking yet tenderly precious person in our lives.
      We care and we feel protective of those we see….


  2. Erna Elizabeth Naert
    November 12, 2018 @ 11:44 am

    I hear you as well. Some days – it’s the small things , that get you from minute to the next.


  3. Autumn leaves
    November 12, 2018 @ 12:26 pm

    I hear you too. I feel you, and with tears in my eyes, I see you. Good job at Panera, Jack. My kids love the mac and cheese too.


  4. ImpromtDude
    November 12, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    Thank you for taking the time to share this. The situation was able to be made into a lesson for anyone that is reading it, and that is to cherish the small things and stop being rude to those you don’t know. We don’t know anyone’s story, so stop trying to write their book. Again, thank you for posting this and I hope you stay strong, also tell your lil one that we all love him!


  5. Rebecca White
    November 12, 2018 @ 2:47 pm

    Thank you, Carrie, for being such an eloquent voice. I hear and will also try my best to TELL.


  6. Ellen Simmons
    November 12, 2018 @ 2:59 pm

    My 8 year old autistic Granddaughter ate no solid foods and lived on Pediasure until 10 months ago after taking part in an intense 8 week feeding program. I would have done back flips in the restaurant if she had wanted macaroni and cheese in a bread bowl. I guess you don’t know what you don’t know. You and Jack fill my heart!


  7. Lisa Gallagher
    November 12, 2018 @ 3:25 pm

    This is so raw and yet so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing the life of autism.


  8. Molly
    November 12, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

    Carrie! Again, beautiful writing but what on earth??‍♀️??‍♀️. That lady???. I’m just ??‍♀️?


  9. BxMom28
    November 12, 2018 @ 6:14 pm

    I’m so excited he wanted to order for himself! That’s what a fellow autism mom celebrates: our kids wanting to be more independent and self-reliant. Way to go, Jack!!


  10. G-MAW Carroll
    November 14, 2018 @ 8:31 am

    Appreciate your blog. I have several autistic young people in my life, different ages, stages, boys, girls. I try to help, I try to understand, w/o the love I try to allow them the opportunity to be around my safe inner circle.

    I am extremely proud of these children’s parents and siblings.

    Their life is always anticipation, a never ending complicated journey in life.

    Prayers to all, is all I have available and that is like a drop of water in the ocean.

    One friend has a 13 yr old , lol man, very much like Jack. They are going through a necessary med change. This procedure, I am sure, you have had to encounter.

    What suggestions of support out side of prayers would you have wanted for your family during that awful transition? I think families could use your insight.

    Unfortunately, I am currently 3000 miles away to help with their current situation.

    Please blog about this issue.


  11. vqqnl3fmQCC6ZngEUxc9SvUHWZST81K877afByT+xl0=
    November 14, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

    What a beautiful piece. I can relate on so many levels. And really, that woman?! My guess is said woman has never had to feed a teen boy. Hope Jack enjoyed his mac and cheese and bread bowl!


  12. lily cedar
    December 16, 2018 @ 4:37 pm

    You’re much nicer than me. I have a fuck off face that tends settle on my face when my daughter is having a hard time or people want to interfere. People tend to leave us alone:)


  13. Juliet Frenzel
    January 16, 2019 @ 7:42 pm

    Beautiful! I hear you! Thank you for this piece, I really needed this reminder today of the complete uniqueness and wonder that is each child and the privileged I have to help my two navigate this life.


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