A Glimpse into normal

Every now and again, we get a glimpse of the NT Nicholas. Today was one of those days.

Daddy was outside mowing the lawn and Nicholas was watching him through the window. Once Daddy was done, he had to blow off all of the grass clippings because we’ve been so busy the grass got so high. Once Daddy was done blowing the clippings onto the sidewalk, Nicholas went outside and helped him sweep them all up and toss them into a bag. He held the dustpan while daddy swept and then he took turns being the one doing the sweeping. Things, for that short time, were very different. We weren’t worried that he would go running out into the street – or down the street.

People who don’t have a child with autism just don’t know what we go through on a daily basis. How huge and significant this short time is to us. They don’t have to worry that taking their child outside of their home for 5 minutes could end up in having a screaming, tantruming child which you have to pick up and carry him back inside completely against his will, kicking and screaming all the way – and then deal with the fall-out from that lousy five minutes making you wish you had never taken him outside. They can take walks in the park with their child trailing behind them and not worry where their kid will be. They can sit on the bench on the park and talk on their cell phones while their kids play. They don’t have to keep their eyes on their children for 60 seconds out of every single minute focusing on nothing else but their child. They can slowly walk through the grocery store reading food labels while their child contently sits in the cart. They don’t have to assess a new situation or surroundings for things that might end up being issues for their kids. They can just be. One day we’ll get there.

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2 Responses to “A Glimpse into normal”

  1. helaina says:

    Michelle, congrats on the NT day!!

  2. Mom says:

    Thank you! 🙂 We pray they keep coming!!

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