This week, I decided to re-read one of my favorite books. I read it for the first time about 6 months ago, right about the time we were starting the process of getting Kaitlyn evaluated and eventually diagnosed with Asperger’s. It was a coincidence that this book was released at about the same time, and I only found out about it from an article on redsox.com. It is Shonda Schilling’s book The Best Kind of Different: Our Family’s Journey with Asperger’s Syndrome. I will admit that I really only wanted to read it at first because Shonda is the wife of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, and I was looking forward to seeing the human side of someone that excelled on the baseball field.
I was not disappointed one bit. As I was reading the book, I thought for a minute that maybe Shonda was describing Kaitlyn when she talked about some of the things her son Grant would do. We were living some of the same experiences, but yet at the same time, the experiences were vastly different. Little did I know at the time that that feeling was exactly what the spectrum of autism disorders meant.
As I make my way through this book a second time, I am going to share some exerpts that either make me laugh, or maybe elicit an emotional response. My hope is that maybe you will pick up the book and join me. You will not be sorry.
Curt Schilling wrote the introduction, and right off the bat, he wrote something about Grant that made me laugh:
“But the degree to which Grant marched to his own drummer seemed very unusual. Most remarkably, the depth of emotion Grant felt and expressed went far beyond what I’d witnessed in many adults. Sometimes I was proud that a kid could love so deeply so young. Other times I was insanely upset that a kid could be standing in front of me, looking in my general direction, hear a specific set of orders, turn around, and not act on a single on of those oders.” (Pg. 2)
I had to laugh because I have felt the same way at times with Kaitlyn, and still do. It drives me crazy.
As I come across more in the book that really hits home, I will share it. I would really like for someone, anyone, to join me and share things from this book that they appreciated and maybe have seen in Kaitlyn or their own child/niece/nephew.