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The Hangover

The last guests have gone.  Empty bottles litter the house and the yard is a wonderland of crisp white toilet paper dancing in the wind.  My head is pounding and my stomach has left the building – more than once.  The cat is missing and I have no idea how many days have passed since I was last conscious.

I have never had such a hangover.

I’m just so glad it’s over.

I grab the bottle of ibuprofen, pop a few like candy and chase them with a scalding hot cup of coffee sugared beyond recognition.  I schlep to the loo, reluctantly turn to the mirror to look myself in the eye and make yet another empty promise to myself and my body that I will never abuse myself like this again.

It wasn’t the worst event ever – just insanely over the top.  Too much going on at once, kids running wild and the grown ups could barely hear each other over the noise of general confusion.

There were a few fist fights that broke out during the course of the party, but nothing serious and as far as I can recall – no one had to be hospitalized.  Thank God.

I don’t think the cops ever showed up, but then again I wouldn’t likely remember if they did unless I was using my one phone call from jail to have more ibuprofen delivered to my cell.  Do they do that?

Anyways, it looks like today will be a gorgeous day outside so I had better pull myself back together and lose this hangover.  The first full spring day that our little family can spend together enjoying the outdoors and some sunshine.

Don’t worry if you missed this party – you’re invited to the one next year.  It’s called Autism Awareness Month and it’s one hell of a time.

 


April Showers: Autism and Military Awareness Abound

[Would I Lie to You by Eurythmics]

 

April is the Month of the Military Child

AND

Autism Awareness Month

 

 1 in 88 military kids have autism.

 

So it seems very appropriate that these two awareness campaigns would coincide.

 

[Editor’s note: Before I continue with my speech on why these issues are so important – If you have not done so – PLEASE – show your support for our military families by leaving a comment on my letter to The President.  Scroll down to the bottom and ‘Leave A Reply’. THANK YOU.] 

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What’s the big deal about autism anyways?

What does that matter to me?

Well, here’s a primer:

  • 1 in 110 US kids and 1 in 88 US military kids have autism NOW.
  • If you were on the front lines in Afghanistan or perhaps dropped into Libya tomorrow, do YOU want the guy backing you up worried about his kid back home with autism who isn’t getting the services or support he or she needs?
  • If you cannot accept responsibilty for understanding, accepting and supporting these kids and families – then you ultimately are missing out on knowing some of the most incredibly brilliant and loving and unique individuals.  You also miss out on the most amazing things you could learn from being friends with one of these awesome Rock Stars.  Seriously.  Your loss.  Not to mention, their parents are some of the most fiercely passionate and articulate individuals you will ever meet. 
  • If you do not pass awareness down to your own children then your kids will miss out on experiencing what it’s REALLY like to run with the cool crowd. 
  • And last I checked, kids grow up and get older. 
  • If we do not invest in the support these kids need NOW to help them grow up and contribute meaningfully to society – you and I will pay BILLIONS more to care for them down the road. That was BILLIONS with a ‘B’. 
  • The numbers just don’t lie.  Every 20 minutes a newbie joins the autism club, and let me tell you – you are going to become ‘aware’ eventually. 
  • Aspergerians will eventually corner the technology market and you just might be asking one of them for a job someday – or ironically, asking them for help with your social networking tools. 
  • Not to be flippant – but really? Our kids with autism are someday going to rule the world with their creative and mathimatical brilliance, and their lack of getting caught up in your BS. 

Get on board and enjoy the ride instead of missing the train and paying the price.

 LIGHT IT UP BLUE and spread the word, My Friends.

[Editor’s note: I will be highlighting a number of military-specific topics in relation to autisn during the month of April, so please keep an eye out!]


I’ll Send You the Blue Bulb, Mr. President…

Going out on a limb here… 

I think I can convince a few folks to Light it Up Blue  for World Autism Awareness Day, this April 2nd.

Perhaps with YOUR HELP we can convince President Obama to change his porchlight to blue, too.

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My Dear Friend, Jess, wrote a letter to President Obama  

asking him to do just that.

Will YOU join in, too?

Please! PLEASE!! It only takes a moment. 

Drop by her post here:

>> Leave a comment for The President<<

That’s it! That’s ALL you need to do today to make a REAL difference.

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My own comment to The President:

“This is what so many of us HOPE for… the conversations… the compassion… the beacon for change.

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Jess. She so eloquently speaks the painful truth, and inspires all of us to keep moving forward for our kids.

Please, Mr. President… Light it up Blue for MY daughter… and MY nephew… and ALL of those who LIVE with autism, DOCTOR someone with autism, TEACH someone with autism, and LOVE someone with autism.

Light it up Blue for the 1 in 88 MILITARY children who live with autism… more than 12,000 children of active duty soldiers who could benefit from that one, blue, shining light, Sir.

Light it up Blue because Jess is right – it is ONE thing you CAN DO in a day.

Thank you, Sir. God Bless You, and God Bless America.”

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I’ll even send you the bulb, Mr. President.

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Don’t be left out…  On the evenings of April 1 and 2, 2011, prominent buildings across North America and the world — including the Empire State Building in New York City and the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada — will turn their lights blue to raise awareness for autism and to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day on Saturday, April 2.

You can show YOUR support in YOUR community by changing your porchlight to BLUE on April 1st and 2nd.  Let’s make this World Autism Awareness Day one of the brightest yet. 

 

*Editor’s note: According to a 2005 DOD publication, the actual estimated number of active duty dependent children with autism is more than 13,000 – not 12,000.


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