Letter from dad

I read this article at work earlier today, a letter that for any parent of a child who is autistic, I’m sure hit close to home.  It wasn’t a letter that necessarily stuck an emotional cord with me, perhaps because for me I’ve been on this path for a while now and I’ve made that same stop but, when I read the part where he talks about ‘Holland’, it took me back to  that place once again:

I’m sure that if Christopher were typical (that’s the word we use instead of “normal” in our world of ‘Holland’, for our developmentally delayed children), I would have not had this conversation with him either.

It was a well-written letter that perhaps begs of us to all do that little thing like sitting down next to someone who is by themselves or just say hi! The reality is, we’re all on our own path but for any of us to make it, we need help. As Mr. Cornelius said:

there’s no easy answer for this…at the end of the day it comes down to compassion, empathy and understanding.

I almost forgot, the article/letter is entitled “This Dad’s Heartbreaking Realization That His Son With Autism Has No Friends over at Pop Sugar and continues on at Facebook.

Sweet dreams!


Autism Librarian


Why didn’t I think of this?

Okay, I think my son (who is also named Evan) is too old for this and unfortunately, we’re still looking for an answer to the same situation (though we’re trying one now, using replacement words, which is having mild success), I loved the story.

The article is entitled “How a Brother Solved an Autism Problem” by Jennifer Lovy over at the Huffington Post. I have to say, I wish I would have tried this, then maybe we wouldn’t have our own list of seven dirty words. Thank you George Carlin!



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Up, up, up

As my son continues to grow up, I look to stories about older kids or adults with autism for inspiration rather that that of young kids. This article today reminded me however, that sometimes you never know where your inspiration will come from In fact, in the article entitled “20 Things I Have Learned Since My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism“, it was number twenty that struck closest to home.

At the end she says


I never thought it possible, but somehow, rather than fighting it, I have learned to welcome it. I have learned to know it.

And I have even learned to embrace it.

I couldn’t agree more.



Autism Librarian