A lot is being said about the tragedy in Connecticut but as the mother of an autistic son myself, I hope you’ll take the time to read this post. Thank you!


My daughter is five years old.  She is in kindergarten.  She likes to wear a hat everywhere she goes.  As she falls asleep, she gently rubs her blanket with the tips of her fingers.  She is afraid of the vacuum.  She loves bacon and stealing sips of my coffee.  When she’s hurt, she’ll ask me to kiss her “boo-boo-owie.”  She’s watched “A Bug’s Life” so many times, she has the dialogue memorized.  When she’s tired, she’ll sometimes crawl into my lap and fall asleep curled up next to me.  She’s mostly left-handed, but sometimes she’ll decide to write with her right hand … because she can.  She gets into trouble and sits on time-out, which she does not like – not one little bit.  When she says, “I’m sorry” or “I love you,” she means it.

This is what autism looks like.

When I heard the news yesterday about the horrible tragedy that happened at Sandy…

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About maggiemyklebust

I grew up on the Jersey Shore and now live in Norway. I have also lived in Houston and the Netherlands. I have written a memoir called Fly Away Home.

Posted on December 16, 2012, in writing. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. She did an excellent job with her post.

  2. The news media and social media have been ridiculous in their reporting and misinformation, and too many people are stupid enough to believe everything they read. ProfMomEsq’s post was very good but I wish she never had to write it.

  3. What a great post. I have two nephews who are autistic and in no way are they a danger to the community. The media is feasting on this whole tragedy like a bloody pack of wolves – it’s disgusting!

  4. What a wonderful entry, I am so glad you shared it!

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