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David's Story, Part Two.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Monday, September 15, 2008

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More musings from David's mother, who writes about her son, who has autism.

Today has been a good day.  David's been lucid, calm, relaxed.  He's been a very good boy, and I am proud of him.

He's been so good, in fact, I am seriously thinking of taking him to the park, as it is such a beautiful day outside:  sunny, bright blue skies, cool, northerly breezes, just perfect late summertime weather.

This is Terri, David's mother.  I have my good days and my bad days.  This past weekend was a total disaster:  David had two bad meltdowns, and one of them was in public, at church.  I was so mortified, I could have fallen right through the floor.  Now I am ashamed to set my face in church again, for fear what people may say to me about my son.

David is so unpredictable: this is what makes parenting him so hard because you never know how he is going to react when around other people.  Sometimes he is so loving and well behaved, it's like he's a completely different child, while at other times, he's stimming again or throwing a hissy fit about the simplest little thing!

Remember the little boy I was telling you about, the little boy who was on America's Got Talent, the little boy with autism?  Well, he got voted off during the top forty eliminations; it about broke my heart.  He did such a good job; I don't know why or understand why they had to let him go.  He was much better than some of the acts who were still in the competition!

The little four year old girl named Kaitlyn Ashley Maher is still in it; in fact, she's advanced to the top ten, which is something of a surprise.  She is good, as far as being in tune and stuff, but she's only a little girl; she doesn't have near the experience as some of the older, more established acts do.  If she goes any higher, I will be very surprised!

Well, I am going to start going to a support group for people with children who have special needs.  It will be most beneficial to me because then I won't feel so alone, and I will meet other parents who may be going through the same things as I am.  I am really looking forward to it; the first meeting is this Wednesday night at eight, at my neighbor Chloe's house.

Chloe has a son with spinal muscular atrophy.  Her son's name is Clark, and at the age of six, he can't walk or talk; he breathes with a ventilator, and to see him in this sad condition is enough to break anyone's spirit; however, Clark is a brave, very loving little boy with a gigantic personality that makes up for his limitations.

She was the catalyst in getting this group started.  I think it is a very good idea, if you ask me.

Well, David's calling, so I'd best go.  I guess he suspects that we're going out; he's getting excited.  I will write in here again soon; until next time, take care and God bless!

~Terri, David's mom.

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Reviewed by Rose Rideout 9/16/2008
I truly love your stories Karen as you keep un informed on so many and their lives. Thank you dear.

Newfie Hugs are n the way, Rose
Reviewed by Carole Mathys 9/15/2008
You are such a gifted story teller, you make each character take on a unique life of its own...great write, Karen
peace and love, Carole~
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/15/2008
I have missed your stories which each make my heart race, Karen. With every word of the precious lives you detail for us here, I count my own blessings and appreciate just how easy and uncomplicated my own life has been. At the same time, I'm in awe of those whose love and patience, endurance and fortitude reach limits I could never even dream of. Yes, belonging to support groups must be very necessary in order not to feel totally isolated within the trauma and the anxiety. Learning to be able to live above all the shallow judgments of ignorant others is a must. I am, as always, deeply touched by the colourful personalities and resiliance of your characters, Karen. Priceless beyond measure. TY and bless you, Kate xx
Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 9/15/2008
This is an excellent story, glad to know that David is having a good day
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/15/2008

An excellent story of learning to live with disability, instead of being lived BY it. Well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Bonnie May 9/15/2008
Once again Karen you show the strength of the people you write about. How brave to search out others to help and to be helped by. Thoughts and prayers for these extraordinary people and you...for creating them. Love, Bonnie

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