Autism is part of our daily life…..and we are still learning every day what this means to be a family of special needs! We adopted our youngest son 13 years ago and we had no idea the ride we were in for!
Gavin has Autism along with other disabilities which can make it hard to know which issue he is having and which disability it belongs to. They are can actually run together to make for a fun day at times. It would also take us on many adventures and journeys that as a family we never knew we would go on.
In the beginning he had “quirks” as we would say since we didn’t know that they were linked to being Autistic. Things like loud noise, certain movements, lining things up, repeated show watching, talking to trees in back yard, repeating lines from shows he has watched consistently, eating certain foods and putting them on his plate in a certain order…. and many more things. I am sure if you have someone in your life who is Autistic you can relate to the above and probably add so much more to this.
A funny thing happened along the way…we have found that we too can no longer handle a certain noise level, crowds make us uncomfortable, we use the large handicap bathrooms instead of the regular stalls for more space to move around in, I find I myself lining things up on my desk and doing little crazy things like lining up my pen cap to the writing on a pen and other unusual things. YIKES….he rubbed off on us, and we love it!!!
At first we didn’t even realize what we were doing and how we were changing….but then after looking back we can see it more and more how we have changed. You know what the best part about this is for us….is that we can relate to our son. Even through others see these things as usual, we find them to be a gift and a blessing to better understand him.
Our son lives in a world that he cannot always relate to…he lives in a world that is backwards and inside out for him. I heard the other day on a TV Christmas program…that if you don’t fit into the box….then get another box! Yes, yes, yes……that is just what we all needed to hear. Gavin’s box or life is his own special package and that is how he was created to be. Could the Lord have stopped him from being this way, absolutely….but he chose Gavin to have this gift of Autism and we feel that he is rubbing off on us so that we can relate & understand him better and others with disabilities. To be able to share some of his struggles and in turn try to can help him learn to adapt to this world we live in, by finding the right size box for him!
Do you have a loved one that has Autism or someone who does not fit in a box? Share you story with all of us in the comments below….I would love to hear from you!!
Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother