I have many lesser passions in life, those things which bring me joy and I seek after wholeheartedly for a time, but I have four great passions in my life which drive my whole being and much of what I do. One of these passions is for Autism Awareness.
My passion for this comes from raising a child with autism. Benjamin is a grown man now, so I know the journey parents take with their autistic children; the highs and the lows, the struggles and the triumphs. I hope I can bring a few smiles and a sense that the challenges they sometimes face are all worth the joy their children will bring into their lives.
This post is taken from my book, ‘Raising Benjamin Frog – A Mother’s Journey with her Autistic Son’.
“For a long time, Benjamin was called ‘Baby’ by everyone in the family. So he referred to himself as ‘Baby’ too. With two older sisters doting on him, the name stuck through most of the toddler stage. When he wanted anything, he would point to it and say “Baby”, and his sisters would, of course, get it for him.
As Benjamin got older he started to realize that his name was no longer ‘Baby’ but now ‘Benjamin’. However, I wasn’t having much success teaching him his surname. When I would ask him his name I’d get an odd look as if I didn’t know what his name was anymore. He’d say “Benjamin” but he wouldn’t say his surname. Instead, seeing as I was persistent that he have another name as well as Benjamin, he decided that his last name would be ‘Frog’. I’ve no idea why. He doesn’t even remember why. It was just what he chose for whatever reason. I’ve often wondered if it’s because, even at a young age, he realized he was ‘different’…”
Benjamin’s sister, Anna, found this in her notes from her university class on Children’s Literature; – on ‘Liminality’…
“Frogs are very liminal creatures. They exist on the threshold between two worlds; part of both, part of neither.”
You can read more in ‘Raising Benjamin Frog – A Mother’s Journey with her Autistic Son’
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