When I opened Twitter, I saw that Jenny had used the hashtag
#youmightbeanautismparentif and I started to read tweets in that thread. First it seemed to be starting as sort of a joke – funny, quirky things we have to deal with as parents of kids on the autism spectrum.
But then it started: the realization, for me, that these people understood what we are dealing with, in our son’s life. The same things that are really hard for us, are really hard for them. And the things that make us laugh, make others laugh. And the things that hurt, affect others in the same way. What I found was a larger community. People had thoughts and feelings very similar to mine. There’s something cathartic about laughing and even crying with people who understand your emotions.