Tuesday, June 26, 2007

On Changes

I didn't mean to sound so cryptic in my last post about my plans. Right now I'm still determining if I'm even qualified to make this change. The only thing keeping me from telling all now is the chance that I'll have to take it all back later. But I did quit my job yesterday -- I gave 6 months notice -- so change is imminent and I've got a bounce in my step. More on all this as it develops.

In the meantime. ...

Oliver had occasion yesterday to be naked. The occasion had me a tad bit frustrated. So, I left him for two minutes and went to coerce Sam into cleaning up all of the refrigerator magnets he had thrown from one end of the kitchen to the other. When I went back upstairs I found Oliver in the hallway. In one hand he carried a pair of pants. The other hand was studiously trying to pull a shirt over his head. Oliver had gone to the closet, chosen clothes to wear and was putting them on. All without a word from me.

This probably falls into the category of a story that only the parent of a child with autism can fully appreciate. And it reminded me again that the future unfolds little by little everyday.


  1. Doesn't it feel great to quit a job? I don't know, there's just something so damn liberating about the whole thing. I've only done it once, but I loved every minute of it. Leaving that job turned my life around in a fabulous way—I wish the same for you!

  2. HOORAY for Oliver! Conor did this not so long ago, also. Now, he chooses his own clothes every day AND has his own "chore" of putting his jammies in the red laundry basket in the laundry room.

    I have to say that we, as parents of kids on the spectrum, might have challenges that other parents will never understand. But, we also have such huge successes that bring such joy that other parents could also never understand.

  3. Great Job Oliver!!!!

    I am very excited for you and all the new changes to come.

  4. Quitting a job, wow, congratulations on taking that first step towards your something new. And congrats to Oliver too!

  5. WOW!

    Charlie has been doing that occasionally----backwards clothing and "clashing" colors, but who cares?

  6. Wow, congrats on the resignation! That must feel so good. Way to go Oliver!

  7. Hey there!
    I need your email address. Gracias.

  8. Exactly - I don't quite remember when our NT 5 year old started dressing himself, but I still marvel everytime our 8 year old autistic son does it. It's funny how much hope it gives me to just sit and watch him button his shirt; it's seems like such a simple skill but it actually takes so many tiny skills put together to make it work.

  9. TC now undresses and dresses himself, I was so very proud the first time that happened!