My wife and I took the boys to see The Secret Life of Pets today at the dollar movies. Tickets were only $2 each and that’s something we could swing right now.
Sometimes it’s really important to experience a sense of normalcy as a family.
Autism and special needs families can often be financially challenged because of the significant costs associated with raising special needs children. I just fear an article today that suggested that each child with Autism can cost a family about $60,000/year on average.
In our case, insurance covers a great deal but certainly not everything and I consider us blessed.
It seems like there’s always an appointment, a struggle, a crisis or meltdown that seizes our attention and holds it for ransom. I’m aware that normal is a relative term but sometimes I just want to feel normal.
I just have this need to feel like a typical family, a typical Dad.
It helps us to experience a semi-normal family dynamic, even for a tiny bit.
I know it’s only a matter of time before everyone hits their limits and we return to the chaos of Autism Parenting. In those moments before we return to what’s actually normal for us, I can pretend that everything’s okay and we aren’t battling major health issues or behavioral challenges.
I can pretend that my son isn’t facing life threatening health issues and my wife isn’t living life in constant, chronic pain. I can pretend that my two youngest aren’t so easily overwhelmed by pretty much everything life related.
Sometimes I just really want to feel normal. Is that a crime?