Not back to the regularly scheduled blog...
I'm so excited because I'm going to see the new Sex and the City movie tomorrow! After I drop my daughter off at school, I'm going to hit the 9:30 am showing. I've already bought my ticket because I wouldn't be surprised if it's going to be really crazy at the theater.
What I'm excited about most is meeting up with some other moms! I don't even know these other moms that well, but when I do see them, I have the best time with them. I know them through one of the agencies that provides autism services to my daughter. On my daughter's journey, I've really enjoyed meeting the other moms who have children on the spectrum. They tend to be really fun and REALLY enjoy their "me time."
I'm not exaggerating at all when I say that there's a sisterhood among the moms who raise kids on the spectrum. We don't judge each other or each others children for one thing. We can be totally honest about our frustrations and depressions and the other moms totally get it. We can talk about our joys and triumphs that other moms may not really appreciate. But the other mothers in the sisterhood would! For example, if I told my friends who have neuro-typically functioning kids that my daughter initiated play with her friends, they wouldn't exactly start giving me high fives. They'd probably politely smile and say, "That's great!" and be a supportive friend. But if I told the moms in the sisterhood about that, I guarantee there would be whooping and dancing and true celebrating! It's a beautiful thing!
Only moms of kids on the spectrum know what it's like to feel like you're walking on eggshells all the time; that any moment a huge tantrum can erupt over literally nothing! Only moms of kids on the spectrum know what it's like to feel the judgment of other moms staring at them while this is happening, know that their abilities as a mother are being questioned and doubted. Only moms of kids on the spectrum know what it's like to have your days filled with different appointments: speech therapists, occupational therapists, behaviorists, social skills classes, among many other appointments. I could go on and on!
I guess that's why I feel so comfortable around these other moms I hardly know. Why we can laugh and cry so easily together! Tomorrow will be about having fun and forgetting about tantrums, and other issues for a couple of hours. Here's to the sisterhood!