Parenting…one of the toughest jobs in the world.
“So called mild Autism doesn’t mean one experiences Autism mildly…It means YOU experience their Autism mildly. You may not know how hard they’ve had to work to get to the level they are.”
This incident happened about two years back. We were on a road-trip from Delhi to Nainital and enroute we stopped to have chai at a small tea stall. While we had chai, the tea stall owner asked Gopan if Dhruv had any issues!
One of the challenges faced by Dhruv is language comprehension!
Human beings are born with an inherent capability to lie. Now, before you go all moralistic on me and say,” What nonsense, I never lie” I can show you a zillion instances where we lie….we don’t call it lying, we call it being diplomatic or politically correct.
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr Seuss
Most of us at some point in our lives have met people who are clumsy or uncoordinated. They may have bad handwriting, cut vegetables in a very untidy manner, not be able to learn driving or may not be able to catch a ball to save their lives.
From time immemorial, dads are expected to bring home the bacon while moms are seen in a more nurturing role, caring for the family and bringing up the children. A mom could be running a company, yet she would be the one to figure out what’s for dinner or help her child make a chart for his science project.
There is a memory that is etched in my brain. I was in school and had fared miserably in my bete noire Physics. I have always been a dreamer so while I loved English and History, the Sciences remained a mystery to me.
Haircuts! One of those things in life which we take for granted. If you need a haircut, you just go to your preferred hair dresser and get one, that’s about it, no big deal. Yet for individuals with Autism, getting a haircut can be a nerve-racking experience, especially if they have sensory issues.