Schedule

So to say my life has been a bit different would be an understatement. As I mention a couple of weeks ago, my son got his first job. What I didn’t realize is how much more time he would spend here at my house.

Since the grocery store where he works is closer to my house than his mom’s and she can’t take him to work, only pick him up usually, he now ends up spending the majority of his night’s here with my mom taking him to work most days. It’s a good thing she lives so close to me. To say nothing of the fact that I don’t have a car to begin with.

So on those nights I normally blog, he’s usually here and I just feel it’s important to give him my undivided attention. Hopefully, I’ll get my schedule back on track, just maybe writing more of my posts in advance and when I have some free time. No doubt, this won’t be the last time I write about my schedule.

Sincerely-

 

Autism Librarian

 

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Vincent Van Gogh

So my oldest son and I were watching the Sunday Morning show on CBS today when there was a story about a young man with autism and Vincent Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night.

Afterwards, I went online to find the story entitled “House Painting Job for the Starry-Eyed” by Steve Hartman. Definitely a story to lift your spirits and I have to admit, I’ve always loved that painting.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Kindness can be contagious

So this week has been busy to say the least. My oldest son just got a job at our local grocery store, I had curriculum night at my other son’s school and finally, my daughter’s counselor shared some more news with me about her journey.

Anyway, when I read today’s article, I was reminded of a young man who when through a similar situation down in Florida before a young man with the Florida Seminoles football team, shared some kindness.

Tonight’s article is entitled “The Heart-Warming Act by Students for Boy Who Sits Alone” over at Yahoo News UK. Hopefully I’ll get back into my usual blogging routine next week but, I might try and post again this weekend. We’ll see.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

An inside perspective

I guess you could say I’ve written about autism from the outside, as a parent. Well, this article I’m writing about tonight, entitled “Autism from the Inside” by Katherine May over at Aeon is an entirely different perspective.

Sometimes I see things in my son that I know to be true for myself. As the parent of someone who is autistic, you are always wondering, am I autistic? Definitely an article worth reading (maybe more than once) as I know I will.

Speaking of perspectives, check out a earlier posting I wrote back in June entitled Different Perspectives. I know there are more.

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

Working

It’s something that I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy doing for a long time but yesterday I found out my oldest son now has a job too, working part-time at our local grocery store. While he doesn’t even know what he will be doing, since his orientation is tomorrow, it is exciting at least to me.

I know it’s not what he thinks he ultimately wants to do, it’s a big step. Turns out he also has a couple of friends who work there, as well as one of my friends. Today our local grocery store, tomorrow a job in the automotive field.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

 

Taking a break and enjoying life

So today’s post is more about our vacation last week. We spent whole week up at our cabin in Minnesota with two long days in the car, both ways. Like all vacations, we had our good times and our stressful times.

For me though, it’s all about giving all of my kids those memories. I am proud to say that over the years, all of my kids have talked about our trips to Minnesota when asked what they did over the summer at school.

It’s a chance for me to give them some individual attention while enjoying life. Now I don’t know if my oldest son will go back up next year but that said, I will always believe it’s important for all my kids. This one of the reasons why:

Sunset

Sincerely-

     

Autism Librarian

 

Random act of kindness

So I’m not one to necessarily post an article that is already everywhere, as a librarian I tend to do a little research, this was one that not only made me cry (as the father of a young man with autism), it motivated me to make a small donation as well.

Anyway, I first came across the article over at Yahoo and it’s entitled “Grocery Stock Clerk’s Act of Kindness goes Viral“. Like I said, the article has gone viral and there is a gofundme page for both Jordan and Jack. This world definitely needs more Jordan’s and Jack’s.

Good Stuff!

   

Autism Librarian

His past (and his future)

So on my last post, entitled His future, I talked about my son’s job search and how I was going to talk to my place of employment to see if he might be able to get a job there. Well, I asked a friend of mine and as of now, I’m waiting for his boss to get back to me.

Tonight’s article however reminded me of my son’s past and what I still need to do for his future. The article is entitled “When My Autistic Son Graduated from High School” by Lauren Jordan over at The Mighty.

I think it’s almost given me that gentle nudge that I have more to do for him and that’s a good thing. For that Lauren, I say thank you.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

His future

So first let me explain while I’m blogging twice tonight. It seems I’ve just been busy and wasn’t able to post last Thursday or this past Tuesday, due in part golf (see my previous blog post entitled Me, my dad and my son). Any way, now where was I?

Well, a couple of weeks ago I talked about how I’ve been working on my son’s future and what I can do to help. For the last few weeks he’s been looking for a job and just this week I spoke with the person who is helping him do that to see what we can do to help him.

Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to come up with ideas about how to find a job and tonight I had what I hope is a really good idea. I realized that the non-paying job he did this last school year, cleaning/building is the type of work he could do where I work.

Since his was job with the federal government and I work for the federal government, it makes sense, right? That way we might be able to go to work and come home together and I would be there in case he’s having any problems. Here’s hoping!

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian

Me, my dad and my son

Unfortunately, since my dad passed away before my son was ever born, that won’t happen. It’s been just over twenty-four years ago that my dad passed away from a heart attack while playing golf with his friends. The next week, I gave my golf clubs away.

Fast forward twenty four years and now my son likes golf. In fact he’s taking a summer golf class which ends the week after we get back from vacation, with that last class a nine hole tournament.

Then that night he and I are going to a Cardinals baseball game celebrating the baseball movie Sandlot, a movie he loves. Just wish my dad was here.

Sincerely-

   

Autism Librarian