A couple of years ago, I volunteered to be the chairperson the PTO Beautification Committee at my eldest son’s elementary school. I am the poster child for biting off more than I can chew, especially in an area where I have literally NO expertise. My skills lie in the organization, planning, and detailed checklists. Not in actually doing stuff like designing or creating spaces. So, for me gardening is a whole new world I don’t feel like I really understand or belong in.
I hear a lot of stupid stuff come out of people’s mouths about autism.
Ignorance is common, but when it’s mingled with and effort to console, reassure, or commiserate…it often becomes unbearable! Yes, you probably mean well, which is why I haven’t brought it up before. You likely want to help support me and my family, which is great. I just wish you knew how the things you say and post often make me cringe.
Here are the top kinds of statements that make me want to punch you in the face (and why):
“People don’t live in a big, scary world; they live in small scary worlds, one accident away from losing everything.”
— Henry Jackson, in “Raptor Ray” by B. Reilly
While I would not personally recommend this book, this particular quote in it really resonated with me. So often, we look at life through our own fears and apprehensions. In many ways our fears (and how we face them) define us.
Everyone has their own preferences for things, but I thought I would share some of mine, because that’s how they became my favorites. Someone once shared an item that they liked with me, so I tried it. If I liked it, it then joined my list. Maybe it will also join yours.