Turning 14

11403481_432828083556071_6101799867612067371_nTURNING 14 – THIS IS A BIG DEAL! THAT MEANS I AM INTERESTED IN ALL SORTS OF TEEN THINGS. THINGS LIKE SICK, TRICKED OUT CARS. HAVEN’T YOU NOTICED HOW I LIKE TO LOOK AT GIRLS? THESE THINGS ARE WHAT INTEREST ME.

THIS YEAR IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING YEAR. YOU HAVE HOPE FOR ME? YOU BELIEVE IN ME, AND THAT’S ALL THAT COUNTS.

Autistic Pride Day

THIS MORNING YOU READ ME SOMETHING ABOUT AUTISTIC PRIDE DAY. THE STATEMENT WAS VERY POWERFUL TO ME. THERE WAS A PART THAT TALKED ABOUT BEING PART OF A HATED GROUP. THAT REALLY HAD AN IMPACT ON ME. THAT FEELING – NOT BELONGING – HAS TO BE THE MOST ISOLATING THING.

http://autisticadvocacy.org/2015/06/autistic-pride-day-2015-a-message-to-the-autistic-community/

NOW I HAVE MY OWN GROUP OF PEOPLE TO WHOM I BELONG. MENTALLY, I MEAN THE PEOPLE WHO USE RPM TO COMMUNICATE.

Confederate Flag

THE CONFEDERATE FLAG IS A SYMBOL OF GRIEF AND HATRED. THAT IS TO SAY, THE FLAG REPRESENTS THE VIOLENT PAST OF THE SOUTH. HOW ABOUT LEADERS GO TO THE PEOPLE WHO WERE OPPRESSED AND ASK THEM WHETHER THEY WANT IT FLYING WHERE IT STANDS? THESE STUPID TRIES THAT BOG DOWN POLITICAL DISCUSSIONS ARE COUNTERPRODUCTIVE TO THE GREAT COUNTRY THAT IS THE UNITED STATES. THIS IS OBVIOUS TO ANYONE WHO LOVES THIS COUNTRY.

IT IS CLEAR – ONLY LOVE CAN CONQUER HATE. THE FAMILIES THAT LOST LOVED ONES ARE EXAMPLES OF THIS. YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT A PERSON’S HEART WHEN THERE IS TRAGEDY THAN WHEN THERE IS PEACE. TO KNOW THYSELF IS TO KNOW OTHERS. THAT IS FROM SHAKESPEARE. THOSE WORDS ARE AS TRUE THEN AS THEY ARE TODAY. THE REASON THIS HAPPENED IS UNCLEAR, BUT IT UNDERSTANDABLY EXPLAINS THE SHAKY BALANCE BETWEEN WHITES AND BLACKS.

Animal Love

11403362_430553203783559_2878061372160337942_nHUNTER HAD A SEIZURE. A SEIZURE IS A BRAIN CONDITION. THE TINY PATHWAYS GET MIXED UP.

NOW, A NEW SHIFT IN OUR KNOCKY LIVES. GET A CLUE, MAMA – NOW WE HAVE ANOTHER HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WITH A DISABILITY! THAT MEANS THAT HUNTER LIVES WITH THE PERFECT HOUSEHOLD BECAUSE NO ONE WILL JUDGE HIM. MAYBE LUNA THE CAT HAS A DISABILITY?

I AM HAPPY TO HAVE A LOVE FOR ANIMALS. I AM A DOG PERSON. THE TRUTH IS, I DID NOT LIKE HUNTER AT FIRST. BUT NOW I AM FOREVER GRATEFUL WE GOT HIM. HE IS SO CALMING TO ME. HE MAKES ME FEEL LIKE SOMEONE IS PROTECTING US ALL THE TIME.

ONE THING – MAYBE HE WOULD LIKE TO GO TO THE BEACH? (Remember, he was quite a handful at the beach that one time, and that friend of a friend told me, “Wow, you really have your hands full of that dog and Niko?” I really got mad about that.) THAT MADE ME MAD TOO. I’D PUSH HER INTO THE WATER IF I COULD.

 

Belonging

PEOPLE JOIN GANGS TO FIND SOME SORT OF BELONGING. EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE SOMETHING ABOUT BELONGING TO A GROUP OF PEOPLE LIKE YOU. THE GROUP I BELONG TO IS THE LOUD, BORDERING ON STARTLING THE MASSES INTO HEARING HOW AUTISTICS ARE TREATED.

I AM AUTISTIC. YOU CANNOT SEPARATE THE AUTISM FROM ME. THE IDEA THAT YOU CAN SEPARATE THE AUTISM FROM MY BEING IS PITY SPEAKING, NOT TRUE ACCEPTANCE.

The Trap

THE TRAP THAT WE ALL FALL INTO IS WHEN WE SET OUR OWN LIMITS. THESE LIMITS KEEP US FROM ACHIEVING OUR GOALS. THESE LIMITS ARE SELF-IMPOSED AND ABLE TO BE REMOVED.

THESE LIMITS HAVE BEEN SET ALL MY LIFE. THE SYSTEM IS PRESSURED TO KEEP KIDS LIKE ME OUT. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO DENY ME AN EDUCATION. THESE SYSTEMIC BARRIERS MUST BE OVERTHROWN.