I had hoped that my very first blog post would make its debut during the month of April. As you can see and as I remember my father would so fittingly put things “I’m a day late and a dollar short”. I struggled with what would be the very first story I would share here. Where do you start when you have a million experiences you want to share that have led you to this exact moment? In all honesty I’m taking the easy route on this first post. I’m reflecting on a piece I was asked to write just two years ago, about our personal journey with autism. Inevitably, it wasn’t used for that person’s blog, but my ever so awesome friend and fellow autism warrior mom scooped it up for her amazing charity’s blog called Puzzle Peace Now. The best part of the experience was that she asked me to add a paragraph to my write up about how I find my peace. I thought it was a great idea, but had absolutely no clue how I found my peace. Most likely that was because I had none. It really made me think about what I did for myself to be in that place of serenity when life was serving up challenges and I was surrounded by complete chaos. Little did I know that is when my search for peace began.
Much like two years ago, I desperately wanted my blog and my first story to fall during autism awareness month. I guess it is appropriate that once again I missed the month and probably for the same reasons…fear of putting it out there, wanting to make the awareness last a bit longer (past when the media gives it constant attention), and partially because being bombarded by autism awareness for a month can sometimes be too much when you are already living it every day. It’s probably one of our most important stories though because it effects of our whole family and it is essentially what brought me to this place. So, I’m reflecting on that piece I wrote on this my very first official blog post. I think it is the best place to start this new adventure and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to share it with those of you who haven’t read it.
Thursday, July 12, 2012 (Originally posted on Puzzle Peace Now’s blog http://www.puzzlepeacenow.com/blog/2012/07/12/Darlene-G-.aspx )