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Monday, December 17, 2012

A Perspective on Aspberger's

 I don't have Aspberger's.  My children don't have Aspberger's. Having said that, someone I love very much does have Aspberger's.

He's the kindest, gentlest, warmest young man I've ever met.  He's been adorable since the day I met him......the day before my wedding in which he was to be the ringbearer.  I'll never get that image out of my head....super cute little six year old- swinging the ring pillow til the rings go flying and bouncing off the sidewalk of the church!  He and his father quickly collected them out of the bushes just in time for him to go marching down the aisle like nothing ever happened!

Cutest.  Thing.  Ever!

I don't know very much about Aspberger's.

I've been hearing it tossed around a lot in the media since last Friday.  While we all have our thoughts and prayers and fears in regards to what happened in Newtown- one has stuck with me that I just can't shake.......

Aspberger's was not the villain in this heinous incident. 

I worry for my nephew- that he is hearing all of this- and seeing the young man's picture (who was only a year younger than him) and that it could settle in his heart. I pray he finds his identity in Christ- and that that will give him strength and focus.  I continue to pray also that he finds loving and accepting friends who appreciate him for all that he has to offer- and I offer prayers of thanks for the blessing of having the priviledge to be in his family.

If you have a loved one with Aspberger's, what conversations has Friday inspired?  Has it even been an issue? I confess, I've sheltered my children from most of the coverage because I don't want them to be influenced by what the media has portrayed- we have quietly discussed certain aspects and that has been enough.  We continue to pray....with our eyes to the hills from where our help is to come.

2 comments:

snapdragon said...

I have had students with Asperger's and never once thought of them as potential shooters. I really am having a hard time with the media blaming this form of autism for this massacre.
I think the issues with Adam Lanza ran much deeper than Asperger's.
Why did his mother have those guns? Was she afraid of him, or afraid of something else? Were her fears communicated to him? Did he live in a kooky household?
I really don't think this is typical Asperger's.

Anonymous said...

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