I just spent a most enjoyable few days in Atlanta with my boys, visiting old friends and celebrating the 4th. I’m amazed at how much easier it is these days…to travel, to communicate, to interact…all of it! It has gotten much better with time. Every year makes a difference. Granted, we all have different experiences, and ASD kids (and adults) are all different, but I’d like to share hope that things will get better. With time, patience, dedication, advocacy, and strong support, life with autism gets easier.
Evan ran the Peachtree Road Race 10K in 50 minutes (impressive with the hills and Atlanta heat). Brian worked out at NitroZone on the Ninja Warrior course. He’s getting in shape with a goal of making it on the Amazing Race one day, as well as on Jeopardy. All three of us enjoyed bowling.
Evan still has his “freak out” moments when he thinks he’s made a mistake or isn’t perfect (who is?). Brian still gripes about, well, just about everything. But the two of them are great travelers and for the most part, fun and engaging companions. I’m so thankful that I was able to spend a few days hanging out with these beautiful young men.
Raising ASD kids is soooo hard, no doubt about it. We’ve been through a lot and have scars to prove it. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have believed we’d be where we are today. My message is this: Hang in there! You never know what miracle awaits just around the corner.