Wednesday, 25 October 2017

MadeUpMilestones: Together via @stories_autism


Usually on my #MadeUpMilestones series by guest posters answer three simple questions.  But this month, loved this microblog from James at Stories About Autism so much, I'm including as is. Imagine not being able to have your kids in the same room as each other because they can't cope with it. Then imagine this.



I'm James, and I'm lucky enough to be the dad of the two main characters of this blog, Jude and Tommy. Both of my sons are autistic, and it is our stories that I will be sharing with you.

To many this (photo above) would be just a regular, normal picture of a trip to McDonalds. But as you regular readers will know, there's one huge, amazing fact about this picture...

Tommy and Jude are together.

I just happened to plan to take Tommy at exactly the same time as their mum was taking Jude. So we took a chance. When the food arrived we all sat together.

Now Jude sitting in a McDonald's to eat is a big enough reason to celebrate anyway. For years we've been eating in the car whilst sitting in the car park. But for Jude to be able to sit there whilst Tommy was there too...I'm speechless

I honestly think this is the first time they've been in a room together this year (not including the car) And apart from having to stop Tommy from running off, or interfering with the table next to us, it was a major success. When Jude was ready to leave and had had enough he picked up his mum's car key and handed it to her.

It may have only been 20 minutes, but I hope and pray this is a glimpse of the future, of them being able to spend some time together, with both of them happy.

That 20 minutes has been the best part of my holidays.


I'm so pleased for James and his family.  
You can follow them on facebook, instagram, twitter and their blog.

This guest post is part of my #madeupmilestones guest blogging series. This is a monthly series celebrating the achievements of our kids that are special to us and them. 
 If you'd like to share some #madeupmilestones with us and our readers, please get in touch with me or send me the answers to the questions like this example.

10 comments:

  1. A real wake-up call as to the reality and challenges many families face. I really hope this is a first step to the boys making many happy memories together

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  2. This reminded me of when my son was in primary school with a child who had autism, the boy was food obsessed and always wanted to be first in the dinner queue, the school came up with a statagy which helped him deal with this#triamphanttales@_karendennis

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  3. This reminded me of when my son was in primary school with a child who had autism, the boy was food obsessed and always wanted to be first in the dinner queue, the school came up with a statagy which helped him deal with this#triamphanttales@_karendennis

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  4. Wow, a truly memorable moment for James and one that I hope happens again very soon. #TheMMLinky

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  5. Oh how lovely, but food for thought too xx
    #MMlinky

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  6. Seems such a simple thing, to have family together, but for some it's just too much. This family are putting their all into working out the best for their children though and it's lovely to see #TheMMLinky

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  7. I love this so much. As long-time fans of James and his boys, this makes my heart happy! Thanks for sharing it with #TheMMLinky

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  8. Ahhh what an amazing achievement! This milestone I am sure will be the first of many that will bring these positive feelings to the surface again! Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. i hope to see you back next week!

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  9. I have read many of James' stories of family life but lost track of them recently. So it is truly lovely to read this update. #spectrumsunday

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  10. So much we take for granted in life but I think SEND parents appreciate every little achievement #SpectrumSunday

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