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You Should Be So Lucky

AutismMarylin28 Comments

Warning, this may be a bit of a rant...

How DARE you tell your children to "shut up".

Do you have ANY idea how lucky you are?

To have your beautiful children who can talk and sing and will tell you their wants and needs and thoughts and feelings?

You have NO idea how lucky you are.


My son is about the same age as your kids.

He can't talk.

He can't tell me if something hurts.

He can't even tell me his own name.

Your children only want you to love them and pay them attention.

They are beautiful.

They speak so eloquently.

You are SO LUCKY.

And you have no. Fucking. Clue.

How about you walk a day in my shoes?

How about you spend a day with a child who cannot speak??

A child who's anger at being unable to communicate leads to heatbutting, and screaming for hours.

A mother who tries so hard to understand that sometimes it makes her weep when he's gone to bed for the night.

See what it's like to be on the other side of that road we both walk on.

I bet you won't ever tell your children to "shut up" again.

And if you do? Don't be surprised if I treat you as rudely as you are treating your children by saying that.