Monday, April 2, 2012

A Holiday for Autism?

Okay, so I have to admit…today felt a little like a holiday to me. I was excited about my funky blue nail polish (although I still don’t understand why my husband isn’t more enthusiastic—I mean my nails are really really bright blue)and kind of proud of myself for remembering to order Light It Up Blue shirts for all of us and picked up Autism Speaks—It’s Time To Listen Bracelets. We even took pictures this morning just like any other holiday.

It was so much fun to log onto facebook and see all of the blue and all of the love and support for autism. Not to mention how great it was to snag some awesome autism apps for Caden’s ipad for reduced prices in honor of World Autism Awareness Day. I have been updating our awareness page all day long with everyone’s cool blue pics (hey this is a great time for you to head on over to my page and “like” it if you haven’t already it…just click here: Caden's Autism Heroes

And honestly I was in a pretty good mood considering that the alarm clock went off and I went to work on a Monday morning (granted using my “holiday” as an excuse to wear a t-shirt and jeans didn’t hurt the cause any).

But I think it’s only fair that I point out that the enthusiasm for today was pretty much mine and mine alone in our household. Ryley obligingly wore her t-shirt and put a blue hairband in but her enthusiasm for the day centered around the announcement that was going to be made later in the day at her school—the announcement of who would be traveling to the Montessori Model United Nations in New York and arguing world issues in the United Nations building next spring (an honor that I’m proud to say is going to her and several of her closest friends). When I asked Caden if he would repeat a phrase so that I could tape it, he asked me why. I said it was because it was World Autism Awareness Day and he told me that’s okay mommy I already got enough Autism today. Then he argued over why his sister was wearing 3 bracelets while I had only put 1 on him. We got out the door with each wearing 3 and me completely understanding why I had purchased the package of 10. As for my husband…well see his reaction above to my gorgeous blue nail polish and that pretty much summarizes the morning.

I didn’t even get the chance to point out all of the great apps I picked up today to either child. Ryley headed out the door on crutches to talk to her gymnastics coach to see where she placed in assessments—turns out she made moved up a level and made pre-team. Between this accomplishment and the New York trip (they are going to be in the United Nations building but she can’t get past the M&M store and Times Square) she’s on cloud nine and for once autism hasn’t really played a role in her day. I tried to talk to Caden again but this time he pointed out that he doesn’t do awareness days but he likes pajama days and then his first ever tooth fell out (actually fell down the drain but apparently it’s okay if mommy just leaves a note for the tooth fairy) and for once autism hasn’t really played a role in our evening.

Today’s events have reminded me that we live autism awareness every day in our household; a world day of celebration doesn’t change that for us. Yea we didn’t have the meaningful autism conversations that I had envisioned; do we really need to talk about something that we live and breathe 24/7, 365 days a year? So what then made today so special for me? I think it comes down to the fact that it was a day people expected me to talk about autism. It was a day that there was an outpouring of support and acknowledgement of autism. For today I felt the village that everyone likes to talk about. And it doesn’t hurt that I really like my blue nail polish.