Out and Proud…

No wonder why there is the saying “April showers bring May flowers.” We had the most wonderful May.  I can’t remember being so happy and hopeful in such a long time. This month was filled laughter and milestones.

Wether we were at our first Cubs game or our first school play,  I was determined to do “normal” things. Yes, we were going to do what other families take for granted. And we did. We made it to the 7th inning stretch and sang “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” We sat in the school auditorium and didn’t get asked to excuse ourselves by the door monitor. We even made a dinner date with friends on Friday, family swim on Saturday, then our favorite diner for breakfast on Sunday.

Of course it wasn’t all perfect, but it was fun. Did my kiddo actually watch the baseball game? No, he jumped on my lap and got uncomfortably close to the people next to him (we need to work on personal space). At the pool, he threw our towels in the water. And on the way to breakfast, he mistook dog pee for a puddle.

We got a lot of stares but they weren’t the mean kind that all mothers dread. My kiddo got glances at the ball park because he sat there holding his Woody doll. And he made people laugh when he ate the piece of pretzel off the ground. He would do his little dance and cheer when everyone else did. He was just so adorably different. On Sunday, my little miss got all the stares when she twirled on the sidewalk with her Jesse doll, with her big brother behind holding Woody.

Oh yeah, we are an “Out and Proud Autism Family.”

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Author: CM Johnson

I am a single mom of three, with one kiddo on the spectrum. I love to scrapbook, knit, and pretty much go overboard with crafts. I love to run and challenge my brother to 5Ks. I am picking up the pieces of my life and forming my identity and sharing this process on my blog, in hopes of helping other mommas going through the same experiences.

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