Today, I happen to be reading a book called House Rules, by Jodi Picoult. In this book a character describes how mental illness, Asperger’s Syndrome in this story, affects more than just the individual. The character compared it to a red shirt being washed and bleeding, turning the other clothes pink. This was such a perfect description of our life, whatever color our son is, we too will turn a shade of it. (Picoult, 2010)
I’m thrilled to say that we’re all turning a pretty shade of happy right now. Not only has the irritability disappeared, but my son is smiling and showing acts of kindness, his painful fog has been lifted.
I thought it was significant when my son shared how the boy seated next to him at school was bothering him, by bumping into him and having mean expressions on his face. When I asked if he could tolerate it until our meeting with his teacher, he said, “ya, I can deal with it for at least a month!”
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By Jodi Picoult