I don't do as much blogging over here about our life and autism, but Nathan is on the Autism Spectrum. He's gifted and autistic which makes him Twice Exceptional. (You can go to my http://www.coolestchildren.com/ blog for more information on Twice Exceptional children.)
We often feel like we're navigating through a foreign country with him. It's also difficult to put into words what our life is like. We often don't know what to say because many people pity us, but we don't want pity. We would prefer understanding and patience. Many people expect us to get him 'fixed' but what's hard to explain is that his isn't 'broken', he's 'different'. If we took all autism out of Nathan, than he'd cease to be the Nathan we know and love. So while we wouldn't have chosen this path for ourselves, we don't regret the path we're on.
When I read through this essay, it hit me like a ton of bricks. She explains my thoughts and feelings with accuracy and insight. I cried when I read this and am crying again now thinking about it. I may not have arrived in Italy, but Holland is nice this time of year, too.
by Emily Perl Kingsley