It was tricky getting a picture yesterday for our upcoming news feature but I love the way the photos turned out. .
They're reflective of how unconventional family life is for autistic families..
One of us was bothered by the flash photography, another of us needed to be coaxed gently into the frame due to our extreme shyness, another of us was hyperfocused on the lollies over by the bench, Dad was hiding behind the couch ready to spring into action supporting us all and Mum is sitting underneath it all getting squashed but with piles of love and excitement as a foundation!
I'm so grateful for people who come into our home and hear our voice around our children's needs..
I'm so grateful for David being present always and for being the best partner in war and love and the beautiful chaos that is our life..
I'm so grateful for the most amazing opportunity to be a step parent to someone so tolerant of my quirkiness, various eccentric methods of emotional regulation and humour..
I'm so grateful to our eldest for the willingness to be part of the photo, even though she didn't make it due to work commitments. I acknowledge and recognise that in so many ways I failed her growing up, as I failed to identify her need for support and remained suspended in the social conditioning of conventional parenting (authority and control). I also acknowledge and thank her for being a catalyst for change in me as a parent and a human being.
If only we knew then what we know now.
I'm so grateful for my younger two who are always patient and understanding with us adults, as we take our time learning, evolving, changing, adapting to a new way of being and doing.
I am so SO grateful for AUTISM. .
Every. Single. Moment. Of. Every. Single. Day.
The dark bits, the light bits, all of it.
PLEASE LIKE AND SHARE IF YOU KNOW A FAMILY WHO NEEDS TO KNOW THAT AN UNCONVENTIONAL LIFE CAN BE AN INCREDIBLY HAPPY LIFE, BECAUSE OF OUR CHALLENGES AND NOT DESPITE THEM!