Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Why I Started Blogging

Blogging was something I started doing in 2008. It started off, for me, as a way to write down my feelings or connect with other parents that were going through similar things I was. You can share with family and friends but unless you go through the things I went through, you would not be able to fully understand.

It was three years after I hear the word, "Autism." I felt alone, confused and lost. What was going to become of my child? Would he have to struggle his entire life? Would he make friends? Would he have a good job? What will others think of him? What would others think of me as a parent? Why did this happen? These are the questions that ran through my head. Looking back today, those questions were silly. Would he have to work harder than the other kids? Sure. Would he make friends? Yes. What would others think of him? They thought of him as a well behaved, smart, kind person. The point is, I didn't have to worry. As for what others think of me? I don't really care. It wasn't about me, it was about my son.

Fast forward to today, he is still that kind, well behaved kid he was. Does he still struggle? Yes but he has made it to his Senior year of high school and is looking forward to graduating. He has been participating in a construction class for the past two years that is giving him skills he will need once he enters the workforce. I have learned so much from being his mom; patience, kindness, determination, motivation, and adaptability. Sometimes you have to just let things go and sometimes you have to change plans on the fly.

Having my first born son on the spectrum prepared me for my second son on the spectrum. While they are both completely different people, they share things in common. They both struggle in the public school system and they both struggle with making friends but they are both determined to be good people with successful careers. I like their quirks and like how they look at the world. I used to, regretfully, think of them as "weird," but now see that I was totally wrong. They see the world as we all should. So, there you have it. My boys are the reason I started blogging so long ago.

Why did you start blogging? Share you story in the comments.


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