My sister asked me, "Do you have the patience for that?"
I pondered, "Hm, possibly, I'll find out tomorrow."
Now for those who don't know, children with autism vary in symptoms. Our child did not communicate nor listen well, in addition to being impulsive at times.
My friend and I figured we would encounter a few difficulties, but nothing extremely troubling.
Sparing the details of the 5 hours we spent with him, let me just say that:
Now, I'm not saying a person has to go through these exact situations, but those who have gone through very stressful experiences know what I'm talking about.
- You don't know patience if you haven't had to prevent a kid from jumping off a dive board into the deep end of a pool and you don't know how to swim.
- If you have to sprint for a kid who's running towards a street at an oncoming car.
- If you try getting him to eat anything.
- If you keep him from running away to who knows where (indoors or outside).
- Finding ways to make him happy while keeping yourself calm.
4pm rolled around and his family picked him up and off they went.
With that done, my friend and I hugged then got the hell out of there.
We survived. It was a long day.
Do I have patience?
No, I don't.
Want to know who does?
His family. They spend everyday together.
And you know what?
They love him.