A glimpse into our autism: Knives and forks...

Dear friend,

Yesterday he forgot to use his knife and fork again. He started picking up peas with his fingers...

I barked across the table, use your knife and fork and immediately wanted to stick my foot in my mouth.

Sometimes it just pops out... The cautious communication required to keep our life in balance suddenly collapses...

He picked up his fork in his right hand and knife in the left and tried but realised there was something wrong...

Wrong hands I said calmer, more patiently and he swapped over.

His shoulders were bent over and he had the demeanour of a dog that's slinking away with its tail between it's legs. Too late, the damage was done. How many times have you wished that life had a rewind switch?
Two hands holding jigsaw pieces together



Table manners... Does it matter? Not really, it is only us eating dinner but in the long run, yes. He needs to practice as he doesn't have any automatic functioning. You know how they say you never forget to ride a bike, well he would. If he doesn't keep doing things then he will forget...
Butterfly with coloured jigsaw pieces pattern with text
And let's face it there's something cute about a toddler shovelling peas in with their fingers, face covered in gravy and table scattered with the debris of another meal.

But when you get to ten, the laughter and smiles turn to impatience and misunderstanding. Weird stares from other diners in restaurants or waitresses grumpy because of the state of the table and floor (no dog to hide the evidence in.)

Sometimes it's easier just to have pizza for tea and it is his favourite...


Yesterday he forgot to use his knife and fork again. He started picking up peas with his fingers...





A glimpse into autism is my new series. 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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