Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Did everyone read this story?
Sickening I tell ya. What is more sickening is reading the comments some readers have left.
Wow! one thing is a crying toddler, another is a crying toddler with autism.
As a parent, one of the first things I learned was how awful it was to be on the crying side getting awful looks. As an parent of a child with autism it is that x 10 because you cannot explain to your child what is going on! that is the part people just don't get.
They are wired differently. They reason differently. My goodness, people need to have a little more patience and not be so judgemental towards others. Had that woman kept coming over to my son and told him to calm down or try and touch his seatbelt, well, let's just say it would not have been pretty. Had my son been on the runway just taxiing around for an hour before taking off, yes, he would have been really pissy. And you what? he cannot control what he feels and his reactions? especially not at 2!
Autism has taught me to try to never assume and question any feelings I have before pointing fingers. Who wants to listen to a child scream at the top of their lungs? certainly not anyone! If you know autism, you know more than likely the parent is trying to keep things under control but it is VERY hard.
I stopped reading the abc board comments halfway down because it hurt. It did. One person even going as far as saying that flights are for peace , quiet and sleeping. Sigh. Geez, I thought they were to get from point a to b.
So I think, from now on, since you all know I don't sugarcoat things, I will wear this pin on flights for all those people who refuse to be a little understanding of a frantic parent trying to control their child:
and I INVITE any airline to try and throw me out of a plane. I just might hit the jackpot with that one.