A Glimpse into our Autism: The wrong seat

Dear friend,

Yesterday we went on the bus. He took the wrong seat...

We don't ride on buses very often and as we had just decided to jump on the Park and ride into Cambridge rather than risk city centre parking we didn't have time to prepare him.

Boarding was busy and he asked where do I sit and I answered where you want...

He sat down on the end of a row so I had to squeeze past him to get in, instead I asked him to move up. He looked at me in confusion, he was right, I had told him to sit where he wanted!

It brought back a memory of us on the aeroplane and on the airport bus. He had taken the outside seat and his brother had quickly climbed over him to get in. Unfortunately I'm not thin or nimble enough to squeeze past...

Two hands holding jigsaw pieces together

I swallowed my impatience and instead explained, when you take a bus, train etc you always sit in the second seat so someone can sit next to you.

Oh, ok I get it now, he answered, moving up.

Another reminder of how the small, social cues we take for granted need to be learned by autistic people.

When you're tired, stressed, ill etc it's easy to become irritated by this seemingly thoughtless behaviour. React with impatience and how does he feel? Like he got it wrong again. A failure. Unsuccessful...

Butterfly with coloured jigsaw pieces pattern with text
How alienating must it be to not know or misunderstand the things most people take for granted?

And how easy it is to dismiss or misinterpret his behaviour.




Yesterday we went on the bus. He took the wrong seat..




A glimpse into autism is a series of short letters that explore how autism effects us on a day to day basis. Disclaimer:  this is our experience not all autistic people are the same.




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PointShoot: Cambridge

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Welcome to my Photo series #PointShoot. I love capturing the ordinary moments and special times with my camera, looking at our life through a lens gives me a clearer focus.


We had a long journey from my family in the North of England to the Ferry port at Harwich and decided to stop off in Cambridge to break the journey. It was absolutely stunning, filled with amazing buildings and a real sense of history. We definitely will visit again and take a punt on the river. I can highly recommend the park and ride system too! 










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Welcome to #MummyShot Roundup, hosted by myself and the amazing MacKenzie Granville. I always seem to end up walking behind the boys playing catch up as they are running along in front of me, chatting away. A few years ago I snapped a shot of my boys walking at the beach. I loved this shot as for me it captured their relationship, hand in hand, mirrored walking steps, little man turned towards his brother... I've been recreating this MummyShot  even since.

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