Celebrating a First- Friendship

I think it is important for me to share some of the “firsts” that we celebrate with Tristan.  We never know when one will occur. Life with autism is full of surprises. Enjoy a “first” from our home!

One Friday night in May, Brian and I were making dinner.  Then we heard a knock on the door, tap tap tap.  We both looked at the front door, and through the window, we could see a child standing there.

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Secret Code Part 2

When our 12-year-old son, A.T., joined our family in November, it was quite an adjustment.  A.T. was not familiar with autism.  We have tried our best in teaching him what autism is and who Tristan is as a person.  We know this has not been an easy adjustment.  However, the other day A.T. shared his views, and I was laughing so hard.  A.T. was sharing how he is trying hard to understand Tristan’s communications.  Here is A.T.’s insight:

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“Every Child Is An Artist.” Pablo Picasso

In the past few days, he has used 3 rolls of tape.  This afternoon, I gave him my last roll of tape.  Tristan has used an enormous amount of paper.  Some sheets he will cut one line and then toss it on the floor. Therefore, I am trying to recycle the recycled paper!


I guess Tristan does not want us to use the refrigerator.
I guess Tristan does not want us to use the refrigerator.
I think the back door is off limits too!
I think the back door is off-limits too!

At times his art gets a little out of control.  Last week, I had to remind him to only draw on paper and not the vinyl flooring! Today I had to tell him that we do not tape bread to the window.  Sometimes it is really challenging to correct him without laughing.  I think he knows it is funny because he will start laughing… then I do too!

Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!