A Mushroom Family

The National Autism Association has this to say about Autism:
  • “Autism impacts the normal development of the brain in the areas of social interaction, communication skills, and cognitive function. Individuals with autism typically have difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.”
Wikipedia has this sentence in the Autism section:
  • “People with autism have social impairments and often lack the intuition about others that many people take for granted.”
This picture is how I would define Autism to someone who didn’t understand my son:
Our Family
Jaylen drew this group of mushrooms to represent our family.  Jaylen has learned how to communicate, not always the right way, and has just begun to show some empathy.  He does not think, see, act, or react like we do.  This is the closest we come to those happy family drawings kids do.  He has to go around the touchy, feely, lovey route and end up at…well…mushrooms.
**Side note: Wikipedia has a lot to say on Autism.  And if you are a parent, don’t go there.  I was bawling my eyes out reading some of the number and statistics that are on there, some of which I know are not true.  But they are still upsetting.  I don’t need to hear yet again that my son will probably never have friends or live alone.**
And this picture is next to the definition.  Who the hell has this many canned goods???

I almost punched out a 65 year old lady at a Chinese restaurant

My mom took me and the boys out for dinner at a small hole in the wall Chinese place.  As we were finishing, the boys started getting a little loud so we agreed that she would stay and get the leftovers boxed, pay for the meal (moms are so good for that), and meet us at my car.

I was 3 steps from the door when a lady looks at me and then my kids and says,

“Those kids are too loud.  I mean, they are really loud.”

The woman behind her rolled her eyes and gave me the, “yes you are clear to tear this woman a new one,” look.

So I say, “Of course they are loud, they are children, just as you said.”

“Yes, but these children are really loud.”

“Well what do you expect?  They are children.  And we are leaving.”

“I am a teacher and these children are really loud.” (In case you weren’t counting that is the 3rd time she said the same exact thing)

“I am a teacher too.”

“Well that’s great.”

I turn to go, but just couldn’t.

“Do you have children of your own?”

“Yes.  And THOSE children (pointing to my 2) are really loud.”  (Yep, number 4)

“Listen lady, Karma’s a bitch. You need to watch out.” (Oh yeah, I was in threat mode by this point.)

She just nodded her head.  I walked out….AND THEN WALKED BACK IN!  I just couldn’t leave without really blowing this lady up.

“Do you happen to teach any kids with special needs?”

“Yes, I have 400 students and deal with all types of special needs.”

“Well one of those little boys happens to have Autism, have you heard of that?”

“Oh, yes.” (I am looking right in her eye and she is avoiding my gaze)

“So maybe you should learn to use a little f***ing discretion from now on and watch what you say.”

And then I leaned in close and actually called her a b****.  Yep.  I did it. Anger management issues anyone? Good thing is that my mom, who is somewhat of a saint, did not think I was in the wrong.  She couldn’t believe that lady either.  I mean, we were leaving because I knew my kids were getting loud.  What more did she want?

Truth is, neither of my boys were being loud because of special needs, maybe a tiny bit could be attributed to ADHD and sensory overload.  But all in all, they were just being kids.  So this kind of thing probably happens to all parents, unless your kids are perfect, in which case you should stop reading this because I hate you and you are not welcome here.

Come on people, stop judging others.  Are two little boys making noise in a restaurant for 3 minutes really so bothersome you have to be rude and insult my parenting and my kids?  Get over yourself lady.  If you want everyone around you to behave in the way you dictate, then stay the f*** home.

This has been deep thoughts, the real truthful kind, by Jean Myles.

Only 51 Days Till Christmas!!!

As I sipped my morning coffee yesterday I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw this:

Thank goodness!
I still have 51 days to get teacher and therapist gifts, wrap everything, make cookies, buy groceries for Christmas dinner and a week of guests, get a few last minute family presents and…
What, oh, Jaylen just mixed the 1 and the 5?  So you’re saying I have only 15 days left?  I gotta go…

Getting the Song out of my Head

Jaylen’s Autism makes him extremely literal, but I am starting to realize how literal most young kids are.  I taught PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade before having Jaylen, and guess by those ages most kids get sarcasm, and understand what to take literally.

This post on Mommy To Two Boys is about how Jaylen processes the term “private school.”  His literal thinking is one of those things I enjoy, crack up over, and love about him.

We recently moved and every time I mentioned our “old house” Jaylen asked when it was going to fall apart.  When I told him a new family was moving in he was surprised they would live in a house that was old.  When in actuality our “new house” is in worse condition than our “old house.”  In Jaylen’s mind, for some reason, all things die or fall apart when they turn 100 years old, so he assumed the old house is close to 100 and will crumble to dust any minute.

At my grandmother’s 89th birthday party he basically told her she had 11 years left till the reaper came for her.

I could go on and on with stories like this when it comes to Jaylen, but recently Xavi made me laugh hysterically over the same thing.  He was singing a Lady Gaga song which I started singing too.  After a few minutes I told him he got the song stuck in my head.  He pulled my head down and started pushing my hair all around searching for something.  When I asked what he was doing, he said he was looking for the song stuck in my head.

I guess taking things literally isn’t only for kids with Autism, neurotypical kids do it too (even though Jaylen does it a LOT more).  Oh, the things I’m learning by being a mom to both…