1. Merceda
    June 15, 2020 @ 8:44 am

    ‘He sees what the rest of us miss.’ Say that nice and loud! Those words really strike a chord. We all need to see (and hear) things from others’ perspectives. We need to re-learn empathy. We have two eyes and two ears … only one mouth. God designed us that way for a reason. Jack’s superpower of sight and insight … he can teach us all. Congratulations to both of you on finishing 10th grade. And cooking. 🙂


  2. Ginger
    June 15, 2020 @ 9:33 am

    I live with 3 family members who have generalized anxiety disorder and that’s exactly how I would describe them – coming from a “place of no”. My husband even jokes about how he has to say no first to all the kids’ requests. Their immediate reaction to most things that originate outside themselves is a “no way” That doesn’t mean they don’t often change their mind but NO is definitely their visceral default response to everything from “hey let’s eat out tonight” to “it’s time to take a bath” to “this books sounds really good, want to try it?”. I mean who’s afraid of the idea of reading a book someone else suggested? – Well, I know at least 3 people. And the anger – yep the no usually sounds angry which feels weird when you just asked if they want to get ice cream with you.


    • cindytheseeker
      June 15, 2020 @ 9:52 pm

      Thank you for writing about “coming from a place of no.” This gave me great insight into what I’ve been experiencing with my preschooler son.


  3. Betsy
    June 16, 2020 @ 8:55 pm

    Yes, the deep breaths!!


  4. terismyth
    June 22, 2020 @ 6:02 pm

    Good post here. I can relate to the harsh words that you have experienced. It is a crazy time and people are acting crazy and unpredictable.
    You are a good mom and I can relate to how tired you must be after cooking for a family of seven. I’ve been cooking for just my husband and me, but I still cook for a family of 6. Having fun baking sourdough, baking biscotti, raisin walnut bread, sweet potato sourdough and more. I’m always in the kitchen.
    I’ve also taken to gardening more. I’m growing corn for the first time in 30 years. I planted 8 different varieties from sweet corn, blue corn, strawberry popcorn and more. It’s exciting to wake up each day and tend the garden. We also have 4 raised garden beds with squash, peppers, cucumbers, peas, beans, nasturtiums, carrots, radish, sunflowers, tomatoes and more.
    Do have hope that your son will be in social situations and eventually talk about his autism. My son does. He has come a long way. He has a way to go, but I’m proud of him.
    Stay cool. And congratulations on another year of completing high school!



  5. That mom
    July 27, 2020 @ 3:13 pm

    I relate to this so much. My children both have autism. My oldest child is 12. She will be 13 in October. My youngest child turned 11 in March. Hers is more severe than his is. They are both “level 1” autism. He would have been diagnosed with Aspergers while she would have been diagnosed with autism – assuming she was diagnosed at all. She had a 9 on the ADOS. The Pandemic has definitely made it more intense and more prevalent at my home. The schedule has been upset. My kids are messy anyway and i’m an “Essential worker” and no babysitter can keep the kids from making a massive disaster. They broke my couch and have caused several thousands of dollars worth of damage to my apartment. I’m homeschooling now and it is exhausting. I relate to all of the things you wrote.


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