Hello from Harriet’s Hedgehogs and Autism Advocacy!  This month has gone by in a rush and it is hard to believe that it is already December.  We had an excellent Friendsgiving.  The day started out doing a Turkey Trot 5km with my friend LA.  It was her first ever 5 km and she rocked it!  I ran the race in 30:45, putting me just under a ten minute mile. Considering I am only 10 weeks out from spinal fusion, I was happy!  After the race, mass baking and cooking ensued. Counting my clan, we fed 14 people on Thursday.  There were plenty of traditional foods, as well as gluten and dairy free treats as well.  No one went hungry.  Mr. Boo did not choose to eat with us, but was happy to come in and out of the room, wrangle a piece of ham and then depart back into his man cave.  I did not expect him to eat with us, because that is very uncomfortable for him, but he made a pretty good dent in the ham.

So, what am I thankful for?  My family, my friends and my pets. The fact that I had a successful surgery and can begin running again.  That I have a Kung Fu belt test coming up this week.  That Boo has excellent services both at his school and in our county.  I am thankful for his PCAs who take time out of their busy lives to hang out with him and take him interesting places.  I am thankful for good mental health services.  The list could go on and on.

I know that there are people who pity me and Boo, who say our lives are hard, or that Boo is my cross to bear.  We do not need pity. Support yes, pity no.  We are not objects of pity or your feel good story.  We are just two autistic people living life to the fullest.  Thank you to all my friends who came to our Friendsgiving. Thank you to those who follow this blog.  Please take some time to exercise some self care during the next month.  Boo and I are cheering you on.

Author: snort262

I am a wife, mom, long distance runner and fierce autism advocate. My background is in education. Currently, I am a nanny, a tutor, and an autism consultant.

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