Coincidence? I Think Not!

Autism FogWhen 7 years old, Kirsten’s language was still limited to requests:  “Get a snack?”, “Oh, apple?”, “Ice cream?”  The fewer words it took to get her point across, the better.  However, occasionally she would have these random, “I totally get it” moments!  Here’s one of my favorites…

We planned a weekend getaway to a friend’s house.  Our escape was scheduled for Friday evening.  No worse time to travel.  Traffic can be extremely heavy as everyone and their brother heads off for a little R&R.  To get an early start, I rushed through my work routine.  We raced home about 2-hours ahead of schedule, threw a few things into a suitcase, and were ready to be on our way!

We dashed off to the car where I settled Kirsten, tossed all our belongings inside, and grabbed an old cup to throw in the recycle bin.

As I’m headed back to the car, I hear …creeeeak-BANGNooooooo!  Kirsten is  now standing outside the car.  And as her routine is to press the door-lock before exiting, I’m immediately aware of the situation.  In an instant, all of our rushing around came to a complete standstill.

I looked longingly through the window at my keys while making a fatal attempt at the door handle.  My shoulders slumped, my face dropped, and I took a deeeep breath.  That’s when it happened.

Kirsten looked straight at me and in a clear, loud voice sang Shania Twain’s, “Honey I’m home and I had a hard day.  Pour me a cold one and oh, by the way… get off my feet, give me something to eat…”  What?!!  In that moment she took me from complete dejection to absolute elation.  Well-said Kirsten!  Well-said!!!

It was crystal-clear.  That girl knew a whole lot more about what was going on than she usually revealed.  …I’m on to you Little Missy.  I’m on to you!!

Your turn! Share your favorite “glimpse through the fog” moment!

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7 Responses

  1. Tara says:

    Back in 2010, Megan (now 19) spend three weeks at Arkansas Children’s Hospital with out of control liver functions and pancreatistis (?) Needless to say, the poor kid got depressed. We had never been away from home for longer than 4-5 days, not to mention the needles, nurses, doctors, MRIs, etc. Since she got better, she has seemed to mature a bit and is more outgoing in terms of offering people that pass by a band-aid for their cuts and bruises. I do believe she would make a great nurse. She has also gotten more picky about her clothes, in that she has to be the one to pick out what it is, although she does have a few favorite outfits that she would alternate, if we let her…but dirty usually covers it…Thank goodness… :^)

    • Autism Makes Me Laugh | Tammy says:

      I can’t imagine a hospital stay (*searching for wood* knock-knock!) It’s great Megan came out of it stronger and wiser!! I think Megan and Kirsten would be great friends – they could clothes shop together. :)

  2. Jennifer says:

    I was pleasantly surprised when my 6 year old brought me his meds before bedtime. I was a little behind schedule, I guess I took too long and he wanted to remind me. I was so excited, Jeremiah is still non-verbal. He laughed and laughed for about 5 minutes, and then pulled me into his bedroom to tuck him in. He is such a character, if I ask him to get it now he just laughs……then proceeds to ignore me. Lol smh

    • Autism Makes Me Laugh | Tammy says:

      He too has a sense of humor! You better stick to the schedule mama. ;) It’s amazing how much someone can communicate without talking. Funny little guy!

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