One of Autism Boy’s most incredible qualities is his self-confidence. He could care less what other people think.
When he first started wearing ear defenders to block the noise of the other children on the play ground the school staff balked because it made him look different. When he added sunglasses because the light was hurting his eyes, they nearly had a conniption and said that it would make him a target for bullying.
So as any good parent would, Exhaust Daddy and I sat Autism Boy down and asked him what he thought. In his words, “Why would other people care what I wear. Don’t they have other things to worry about. It makes me happy. I don’t care what other people think.”
Last night Exhausted Daddy and I cuddled up on the couch and watched “Big Daddy.” When the child came on the screen dressed in boots, underwear, superhero cape and tie for ninja belt, I could not help but laugh. That is just like Autism Boy. Self Confidence!
The next time you are in a store and see a child dressed in what he or she has clearly chosen as their special outfit, smile and know that they have confidence.