Today we celebrate World Autism Awareness day. We celebrate our daughter, we celebrate those like her and those who support her. We raise awareness. We marched and let 3000 balloons go off into the air, cheering and celebrating, surrounded by others who live our life.
But it was her day.
She rolled down hills and chased new friends. She was overwhelmed and tired, but she made it without tears. She wanted to storm the stage when they took too long with the formalities and start the count down herself.
We took her to McDonalds and said yes all day. She played with her new favourite toys from Crayola; designing fashions for her dolls. She had spaghetti for dinner and eggy toast for breakfast, wearing her cowboy boots every single step.
It has been a journey. I hate the phrase, it’s overused and reminds me of a reality show contestant, crying on the stage when they have been evicted. We haven’t been evicted, but there has been tears. And overwhelming joy. It will be 2 years in July since we got a formal diagnosis, but 2 years in May since we started the process. It’s been a journey.
When she asked why we let the balloons go, I told her it was a symbol. So others would look up into the sky, see the balloons and wonder what it was about. Maybe they would google it and find the Autism Victoria website. Then they might look a bit further and find out what Autism is.
She understood that. She wanted to be the one to tell them. She was proud to be one of the 3000 odd people there today and knew that she fitted right in.
It was her day.
We love you Poss-moo, more and more every single day. You are an amazing girl and you make us so very proud. It’s been a journey, but one that we are so pleased to take with you.
As you know, I was at Digital Parents Conference last week. While we were there, we heard the wonderful Darren Rowse (also known as ProBlogger) talking about Blogging for Social Good. He suggested we find a cause close to us and get behind them.
Well the twitter feed exploded; it couldn’t have been more timely, with Autism Awareness Month kicking off a few days later, and a number of other Aspie mums and I all had a thought… a link up to share our Autism Awareness (or Light it up Blue) posts to help raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders.
You don’t have to be a parent of an Aspie or an Autie. Maybe your best friend is one, maybe you are one, maybe you teach one, love one or live next door to one. We would still love you to be a part of it.
So a link up born at DPCON12… and here it is. I would love, we would love, if you would write a post today, or tomorrow, or even in the next few weeks and link it up. I promise to comment on every single one of them and share them across my networks. Let’s turn it blue!