Today I went to the hairdresser.
That in itself is a very big deal! Here is the result......
I am extremely happy with the cut, all my dead ends gone, my hair feels lovely. Most of all, its a very feminine cut, I often feel I look too manly.
That's not what today's post is about though, that's just a bit of vanity. The point is, that we all do the same at the hairdressers. Excuse the pun, but we let our hair down. We talk freely, about anything.
If I'm honest I'm not sure at what point the conversation turned to Autism, but it did. I'm not a preacher, I just want people to understand what it's like in real life. My children are perfect to me, all individuals. They are not 'different' they're just my boys. So when I talk about them, it's with pride, not about the hardships. If treated right, and spoken to correctly, my children are not hard work.
Yes I've brought things up on here that may contradict that a little. I don't mean everyday is perfect, I just mean that, as long as I know what I'm doing most of the time, it all goes fairly smoothly.
However, if someone does ask questions, I will tell them about Autism, but what it means to me. Every child is different, regardless of the label we have to use. Those labels are only there so that our children can get the extra help required. In school terms it means that your child is unaffected by my child's additional needs.
This way all children can grow and learn together, it means that disabilities are seen differently by our children. They don't recognise or belittle the differences as much as past generations as they've been brought up the same.
So today at the hairdressers, when another customer and my stylist, asked questions, I answered.
I answered truthfully. It's not hard work, it's not a challenge, they may be different....
But what is normal?