It’s no secret that this is not a household that supports or will support Autism Speaks, monetarily nor in action. I won’t get into why here but will save that for another post. One of the “things” that belongs to Autism Speaks is Lighting It Up Blue. Before I knew or checked out that it originated with Autism Speaks, we happily did it and encouraged it. I even turned my Facebook images blue for not just a day but all of April.
I was bound and determined that I wouldn’t wear blue in order to Light It Up Blue today, which is of course World Autism Awareness and Acceptance Day. Swore up and down it wasn’t going to happen. I’ve been discussing it and explaining why on my Facebook.
Then last night happened. My youngest daughter said,
“MOM! MOM! I heard you say tomorrow is World Autism Day! The school is doing this thing!”
Then my middle daughter, my sweet autist, immediately followed up by gushing with,
“Mommy you have to wear blue tomorrow! Everyone is wearing blue for ME!”
“Yes they are, honey. Yes, they are.”
The two of them together were quite a pair, talking about how the school made announcements and the teachers were talking to their classrooms about Autism Spectrum Disorders and what a special day April 2nd is, and how special all of April is for people touched by Autism Disorders and autistic individuals. As a WHOLE! SCHOOL! they were going to SHOW! SUPPORT! with the WHOLE! REST! OF! THE! WORLD! and it’s just really the biggest spirit day ever for my daughters. After all, my daughter believes that this whole worldwide day and month is set aside just for her… and the school dressed all in blue today just for her.
When she asked me to wear blue to show my support for her special autism, how could I say no? How could I bum them out with the rhetoric of “why we don’t support Autism Speaks and their stuff?” How could I say no when my girl thinks that blue was chosen specially because it’s her favorite color?
It’s simple. I didn’t. I wore blue after all.