As parents, we often have those moments where we facepalm our foreheads and want to look at our kids and say, “Hello? Welcome to planet Earth!” We shake our head and wonder, “What rock have you been living under?” Then we either drop it or continue with a conversation regarding the “missed obvious”.
As a parent with a child on the spectrum, I have to admit that it differs from the moments we have with our child that is not on the spectrum. The facepalms are done mentally. The scrunch of the forehead. The wrinkle of the nose. The closed so tight the eyes look pinched. The bite your bottom lip holding in a chuckle. Yeah THOSE moments. In addition to that, the welcome to planet earth is a little less like a “doh” moment and more like a “Horray! Progress!” moment. The discover of the obvious.
Then you want to share these ancedotes with people. It’s hard to share them sometimes. You are elated about something so simple in some peoples eyes that they don’t see the humor or irony in something. It feels like you have to say at the end, “I guess you had to be there.” Diminishing all the joy in it.
Here’s my advice to all parents. These ancedotes and stories make life interesting. Not eveyone is going to get the joy in some of them. Not everyone will find the humor in them. There will be those that get it and welcome your children to planet Earth with open arms and share your facepalms and giggles. Afterall, life is too short to be serious all the time.