When ya gotta go!

I took Eric to one of his favorite places today that’s about an hour away.   About 10 minutes after I got on the road I realized I was never going to make it all the way there without stopping for a bathroom break (too much water after my morning workout!).  I immediately started stressing out ...

Never Miss a Moment

Recently I took Eric to a local indoor water park for a few hours.  He loved it.  I had a few very interesting social observations. One of the most obvious was how we, the parents of special needs kids, never miss a moment in our kids lives.   We are ever present, hyper vigilant, (over bearing ...

It’s All About the Experience

It’s all about the experience. Eric has a few borderline obsessive compulsions. He loves to go to Target, Walmart, or BJ’s to buy a toy. What kid doesn’t, right? But, Eric specifically only wants to buy “Cars” characters. Yes, he has several dozen of each of them. We kind of just went with it for ...

Vacation Amnesia

Last month Mr. Bacon and I were blessed to be able to go away on vacation without the kids.  (Thank you Grandma and Pop Pop).  We needed the break.  REALLY needed the break.  We have been to this place before with the kids back in 2012.  So I found myself “seeing” the kids in different ...

Growth

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Yes, you should be expected to put the needs of your children first. Yes, you should be expected to sacrifice greatly for their happiness. No, this does not mean you should be expected to feel guilty about, or bury your valid, honest emotions. No, you are not a bad parent for taking time to process ...

A Love Story – Breakthrough!

I’ll admit I’ve always hoped that Eric would “blend in” to the crowd; conform to publicly acceptable behaviors.  It’s taken me many, many years to be OK with his noises and quirky movements that are an extension of his communication abilities. Last week in BJ’s…we both had a breakthrough.  As I was packing up the ...

My 20 Rules For the New Autism Blogger

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My 20 Rules for the New Autism Blogger (or anyone thinking about becoming one): 1) Don’t chase “Likes”. You’ll end up sacrificing your core principles. 2) Know where you stand on tough issues, even if it’s in the middle. 3) Eventually, you’ll piss off 50% of your audience. If you have remained true to Rules ...

The Good Guys

The Good Guys
I know I’m fighting an uphill battle.  The things I’ve read in recent days– the anger and bitterness I have heard– leave little room for optimism.  I’m going to try anyway. I understand the fear.  I understand the anger.  My biggest fear is that my son will soon meet a police officer who will misunderstand ...

Crossed wires

It’s been 9 days since it happened.  Somehow the emotional scars seem to heal quicker than the physical scars.  We left the local aquarium because Eric started screaming really loud.  After sitting in the car seeing if he would settle down enough for us to go back in, I decided to head home – and ...