Wednesday, January 16, 2013

You know what's flipping cool?

Autism families!  That's who!

This morning I was once again reminded how much I love other parents in the autism trenches.  I'm sipping my umpteenth cup of coffee.  Chillin' like a villain because the boy is off to school and Daddy Fry is at the office.  Dog is taking his first in a series of naps for the day.   The laundry is going.  It's cold and rainy out and I don't have anywhere to be other than Facebook. 

I get lots of requests to post questions to the page.  I try to do it as much as I can because I know that there are so many people, so many experiences, somebody is bound to have the trick that worked.  So I just posted one and I smile how in minutes people just start responding with ideas.  It's like a think tank.  I learn so much from that page everyday.  The one kind of response that always just floors me with it's awesomeness is a poster who immediately replies "PM me" (private message) or "Send me a friend request".  I LOVE THAT!  How completely wonderful that is.  We live in a community where this happens a lot online.  We just extend our hand of friendship through the computer screen.  Never seen a person before.  They could live in another country and we are quick to say "yes I get you.  Let's talk". 

I also love what I call in my head the "virtual high five".  Simply by clicking the "like" button under someone's comment that person can see they are not alone.  That it is something you know as well.  It happened to you.  You get the joy, the stress, the emotion of it all.  A pat on the back to know your hard work is being recognized. 

I love how many people share what's going on in their lives.  Keeping it real and telling it like it is.  Thank you for your honesty.  You have to know your words encourage others. 

Mostly, I love the folks that can laugh despite having all the ups and downs that comes with ASD.  I mean eventually you just have to laugh.  Don't get me wrong, I have days where I go hide and sulk.  Eventually I have to pull myself out of it.  I don't have a choice.  Dinner has to be made.   The Kiddo driven to some sort of therapy.   The gears in the works don't stop.  If I'm going to keep on keeping on, I'm going to do it with a smirk and some sarcasm. 

And of course with a side of fries.


  1. Oh yes!!!! One of the best things ever! And so true :)

  2. I follow you on FB and yes I agree with everything you just said. as a matter of fact my Husband and I had a conversation about your FB page this morning. We may be able to move in the near future and one of the things we have to consider is where we are moving if there is a good school and good outlets for our ASD daughter. My first response was I'll ask my FB friends from Fry land. It's great to know that there are others out there and that we can connect and help each. Keep up the great work Mama Fry!

  3. I heart your FB Page....learn so much as I drag Kaden around the Land of Autism. It's nice to share the good, the bad and the ugly and not feel judged! :D

  4. Ok so I'm not a parent, but I'm am Auntie and I love the out of the box thinking that comes from you all. The support is amazing!

  5. Thank YOU for keeping it real and telling it like it is! That's why we love you. That, and your gorgeous sense of sarcasm. :-) xoxo

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  7. The community you're talking about on the page, I really respect that. I'm just starting out, so I'm still a noob at the whole process, but there are pages that are superficial and sort of meaningless, and there are pages that really DO feel like you're in it together. Props on fostering that, and infusing it with humor at the same time!

  8. I know its several years later from when this post was posted, but I'm what you call a newb. Its 4:50 am and my night started at 12:30 pm with vomit...of what...I do not know and on top of that some random fever, wth!!! But he couldn't be sick before eating all the shrimp. Hats off to you everyone in the Autism community, this shit is hard

  9. Today, I went to the beach with my kids. I found a sea shell and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said "You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear." She placed the shell to her ear and screamed.
    There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely off topic but I had to tell someone!