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a night of too many stars October 23, 2010

Posted by caizooka in autism parenting.
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Yeah!!!!!! to Jon Stewart who hosted ‘A Night of Too Many Stars’ to benefit autism education. I sooooooooooooooo love that people are gathering together to support autism education. In any way, shape, or form. Not just the diagnosis portion, which is very important and costly. But, the people who are walking in my shoes. The people who walk much more wicked paths than me, of whom I admire with great enthusiasm. The people who are living with autism. On a daily basis those who are asking, ‘what is this?’ ‘what does this mean?’ ‘how can I do better?’ ‘What of me can I sacrifice to make my child’s life better?’ (seriously…what limb do you want?….glad to provide it for you in exchange for a reverse diagnosis…)

Chris Rock LOVE YOU! I so love the laughter, the ability to have fun, love to laugh! Love to smile with my friends and share laughter. If you know me, you’ll know how important a sense of humor is to me. I love to laugh with people. Laugh at myself. Just plain love it. Just plain love to communicate with people on that level. I love how Jon Stewart can bring laughter to the table and utilize it to raise funds for autism education! Thank you!

And, wow, the videos of our autistic community that they showed. I get them. I know. One mom said, “when you bring a child into this world, you do whatever it takes to give them the best chance at a good life”. That pretty much sums up the life mission for any parent of any child with special needs. I feel so fortunate on so many levels. Some of the more severely impacted kids on the video….that is the path that I imaged us to be on. That we could still be on. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe in the future. We’re not sure. We are happy with the progress that our sweet Oliver has made, but just as it turned on a dime with us once before, it could turn on us again. We don’t know. You don’t know. None of us knows. We have faith. No matter what, it will work out as it’s supposed to.

Having community members, such as Jon Stewart, reaching out really helps! I’m so thrilled with this and have a huge amount of gratitude for these folks. They could easily be raising awareness for any other charity, any other organization, any other cause. I’m delighted that autism education is their cause. There so many who can benefit.

As Jon Stewart said in the opening statement, “tonight isn’t about curing or fight autism, tonight is about helping people that live with it now”.

Amen! Even if it isn’t you who is receiving funds from this directly…feel supported. Feel the passion of a community gathering around you to support you. Embrace that. That is beautiful and you deserve it!

And, you most certainly need a sense of humor to parent a child with autism!

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