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O-o-h Child Things Are Gonna Get Easier…

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In the dusty sanctuaries of erudition (cooler word than knowledge, which is sooo five centuries ago)… black and white, truth and lies live comfortably, side by side, lined up…we, elbow to elbow, heads bent, allow worlds to cascade around us. ‘Take us home,’ they whisper seductively, promising to reveal all their secrets.
Within the walls of a bookstore or library it’s clear what’s fiction and what’s non-fiction.
In the real world, not so much.

1guardians5Some of you, dear readers might be aware it’s Autism Awareness Month. You may have Autism; know those who live with it; love those who live with it who you can’t live without; or know those you don’t even know are on the Autism Spectrum. Still with me? Good. Reading Me Being Me Is Exactly As Insane As You Being You by Todd Hasak-Lowy (Simon Pulse)  – we’ll get to the title in a minute – had me thinking of Autism’s infinite variety, as well as the still surprising amount of intolerance in the world.

12 things I thought about while reading this novel:

1.  It’s all lists. I like lists.pablo47

2. The title is too long…oops, I’m one to talk.

3. The main character, a teen named Darren seems to be on the Autism Spectrum.

4. Part way through the book, I realized I had read other works by this author and felt a ‘doh’ moment. It passed.

1guardians85. The writing was accessible, appealing, and made me want to read more, yet around page 400 I found it was dragging and even I was growing tired of lists (is that even possible?).

6. Made me remember high school…Actually, I might be thinking of Glee, I don’t remember my high school having that much singing (luckily, this book doesn’t either).1guardians12
7. Parents should care about themselves by caring for their children.

8. I wanted to buy Darren some ice cream and tell him, ‘O-o-h child things are gonna get easier. O-o-h child things’ll get brighter.’ I have this Five Stairsteps song in my head, I blame Guardians of the Galaxy.

1guardians119. You can’t escape the world, it follows you everywhere.

10. Different can be bad or good, so much depends on intention and perception.

11. It might be comforting to tell someone things will get easier, brighter, or better, but it’s not always true. One of the best things to say is, ‘things are ok right now’. If that’s not true either, then, yes, by all means, say things are going to get easier, brighter, or better.1guardians1312. I love books. I love free books in a different way. Refer to #10 and in this case, different is good.

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50 thoughts on “O-o-h Child Things Are Gonna Get Easier…

  1. Your point “You can’t escape the world, it follows you everywhere”, speaks to me.
    We all have to find a way of being in this world – for better or for worse.

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  2. I have this saying: “Things got a lot better when I gave up hope”.

    Most folks take this as a negative but it isn’t. “Hope” as defined in my dictionary’s number one spot, “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”. Skipping to number six, “to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence”.

    I “gave up” hope because it is too darned passive. If there is something that you want or would like to accomplish then make a plan and carry it out. You may win or you may lose but you won’t be wasting time hoping.

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    1. Hope can be passive or active, depending on how you use it…’hopefully’, people use it to move things forward and make positive changes…and as you said, make a plan and carry it out.
      Thank you for dropping by and sharing your insights. 🙂
      ‘Hope’ this day treats you kindly. 😉

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    1. You can blame ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ as well. 😉
      Thank you, you’re so lovely, Teagan, always feel better after you’ve dropped by. 🙂
      Hope this day is being good to you (it better be, or else…).

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  3. LOL, I’m frequently stating “things are ok right now. right now the world hasn’t stopped turning, and right now I am/you are getting through this” It’s very powerful to just take it right now when things seem rough. It’s also a new thing for me… so I’m glad to see that someone else had mentioned it!
    Happy hump day! Hope things are well in your world! 🙂

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    1. I’m glad to hear that, Kate, I find it a positive way to live in the moment. 🙂
      Things are great so far today. 🙂

      Loved your Pinterest puzzle. 🙂

      Oh, I hope Mr T is proud of his great work, sorry about no clean room, but I’m sure he’ll get to it, probably as soon as my son will get to cleaning his room. lol I won’t hold my breath. 😉

      All the best today and everyday. 🙂 Big hugs, Donna xo

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      1. I hope you get to a real book today then. 🙂
        Instead of reading someone’s else book yesterday I pulled out one of my dusty manuscripts and reread and edited it. It was better than I remembered. Now I feel obliged to do something about it. 😉

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  4. I hope this book lessened your load, Donna. For National Autism Month, I would like to take this moment to introduce you to another of my blogging friends, Rachel.

    https://rachelcarrera.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/more-on-autism-the-object-lesson/comment-page-1/#comment-11707

    Rachel’s two grown children have autism. Rachel has Asberger’s and writes about being on the Spectrum. I think you two would correspond well. I have Rachel’s email address if you wish. — Mark

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    1. Thank you so much, Mark, very kind of you to take the time to connect Rachel and I…I am lucky enough to already be following the amazing lady for quite some time. 🙂
      You sweetie, you…I can’t believe between being a Twitter Deity and Lord you have time to still care about us peasants. 😉
      But seriously, thank you for thinking of me, this month is Autism Awareness for the world, but it’s every day for me…and I’m so lucky to have my son, I wouldn’t trade any of him for, well, anything. 🙂

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      1. I think about my friends always, Donna. And I try to help when I think I can. I can feel the love you have for your son, in every post. Happy Wednesday, dear. 😉

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      2. You’re wonderful, Mark, we’re lucky to know you. 🙂
        Well, I think love that strong is just too difficult to contain. 😉
        Hope this week is being kind to you, Mark… 🙂

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  5. Thanks for sharing this. I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned to you (now that I think of it, I think I have..) my partner’s son is on the spectrum. He is who he is as we are who we are. Love that.

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  6. I love books too! I recently decided to start getting books from authors that I have never heard of or read before and have found some amazing surprises 🙂

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