This may very well rub some autistic self-determination proponents the wrong way. I was taken aback the first time I read it. Some truths are harder to accept than others. 2 positive things to take away from this:
1) this mom didn’t want to write about it or admit it BUT SHE DID BOTH! There will be time to dissect all the “why she may not have wanted to admit it” later on. I don’t know the reasons. They are her reasons. But I think this is a big step for her and her family. I say this as an autistic person myself.
2) Her other daughter, an NT, pointed it out to her. This girl has ally potential already. Key word is POTENTIAL.
Kudos to DiaryOfAMom for fessing up and writing this. That was a huge step. One that should be recognized.
I don’t like this post.
In fact I hate it.
Its content is raw and embarrassing.
But I’m publishing it.
Because I think it matters.
She was right.
Of course she was right.
That’s why it hurt so much.
That’s why I got so defensive when she said it — and tried to pretend that I didn’t know what she meant.
“Mama,” she said, “you don’t have to talk to her like she’s a baby.”
The words hung in the air — thick, accusatory.
My gut reaction was denial.
“I wasn’t, honey.”
It sounded ridiculous. Like I’d just said that the sky wasn’t blue. But look, Katie, my brow is furrowed as though I’m confused, and I’ve even cocked my head to the side for good measure, so I must not know what you mean.
“Mama,” she said, going along with the game,”ask me the same…
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