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When I got up this morning the first thing Riley said to me was “It’s MAY! May 1st!! Look. I changed my calendar! I changed dad’s calendar!”
At least someone was excited.
It’s these little things in Riley World that can make me smile even before I’ve had a sip of coffee on an otherwise mundane day.
Was he excited that April (Autism Awareness/Acceptance month) was finally over? A month filled with autism articles, memes and blue lights. I highly doubt it. For Riley is it all about the next special occasion. Once Easter was over he was fixated on May. Mother’s Day is in May. I’m sure being one month closer to his birthday ranks right up there too.
Don’t get me wrong. I am all for bringing awareness to the many disorders, syndromes and diseases out there. Yet for some reason this month, I found myself getting more agitated (a side effect of aging?!?!) so instead I decided not to write about it and pretty much steered clear of all the social media “awareness/acceptance stuff".
And then last night, on the last day of yet another awareness month (see...cranky), I came across this video on Facebook. It was one of the first videos (in my opinion) that was honest, real and not sensationalized. A video about a subject that is often not talked about yet should be. So on this first day of May...I hope you will watch this video "Siblings With Autism".