Dear Mom Clique at Library Story Time,
Did you notice we were not there today? Probably not.
Actually maybe you did since last week I happened to be the only parent holding the markers, meant for name tags, over my head and out of my three year old’s reach, while simultaneously blocking the doorway with my entire body so my toddler could not escape.
Anyway, you all seem to have a monopoly on the story time social scene. I really was not prepared for this. Who knew you could feel alone with two three year-olds and a toddler climbing up your side? Somehow, now that I am in this stay-at-home mom world, the cool group seems to not need to wear make up or even clothes that don’t look like pajamas to be the in crowd.
So last week, while you ladies were chatting and I was beckoning my son down from that enticing tower that holds the puppets, I was so excited when you started talking about choosing the perfect preschool. I saw my chance to jump in on the conversation. Do you remember your response when I mentioned the school I intended to visit? Well your stroller-clad ringleader scrunched her nose immediately, letting me know with a loud whisper that that was the school “where lots of special needs kids go.” And the rest of you? Well you didn’t skip a beat nodding your pony-tailed heads in holier-than-thou agreement. I should avoid this place like the plague, according to all of you.
Since this was during the day and my oldest was in school, the “AUTISM” sign affixed to my forehead was not lit up and blinking. Regrettably (to put it mildly) I did not say enough in response to your ignorant comment to blind you with my fluorescent headdress.
So I will say it now…
Acceptance and inclusion are priceless, beautiful things.
Autism affects 1 in 100 kids ladies, add in all of the other disabilities or should I say, different abilities, out there, and you are looking at a much, much greater number than that. I’m sure your clique has created a solid bubble of blissful ignorance but you are headed for the real world and it is soon to burst. When it does? You will have done your children no favors.
Let me tell you about my children and every other child, not sheltered by their close-minded parents. They will be able to manage in a world that comes in a million different shapes, sizes, colors and abilities and, most important of all, when one of your children gets held up in class for failing a math test or not being able to pay attention to the teacher, our children won’t give your children a second glance.
Actually, they will…
to let them know they saved them a seat at their library table.
The Mom Proudly Wearing Her Beautiful Autism Light
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