by Jennifer Dyer
I apologize if you opened this and expected an astronomy lesson… It’s not about that kind of moon.
The other day I took eldest to a friend’s house and the little girl’s grandparents answered the door–her very sophisticated, well-groomed grandparents. While we chatted about pick-up times I noticed their gaze had shifted from me to my van, which was parked just outside the front door. When I turned around I…
Got a full moon! Rachel loves to sit in the van. It’s like her little office where she feels comfortable. So comfortable, in fact, that she often strips naked. And she had. Right there in front of my friend’s house. And she was shaking her bare hiney over the steering wheel in our direction.
I wanted to crawl under the car, but what can you do? I laughed and smiled at the sweet grandparents who still had not commented any more than, “She looks happy.”
I shrugged, as if this happened every day and said, “I guess it’s time for me to go.” But I couldn’t resist the opportunity to sweetly remind them of Rachel’s autism–it is a bit of a defense mechanism. (Who wants people to think they let their kids run around naked?) Anyway, I said it with a smile and laughed.
And they laughed with me, which lead to a nice conversation about special needs. When I left they mentioned something about having a lift to their day–one of their little grandchildren was in the hospital, so they were in need of one.
When I got into the car and tried to get Rachel dressed I realized something, well two things: laughter is a gift. And it does happen every day (both the laughter and the naked child in public…)
Autism…the fun never stops. I hope your day includes a laugh no matter what the circumstances.