The old rules no longer apply. Autism handed me a new playbook and it was blank. Our family had to write our own set of rules, guidelines, plays, and determine what the goals were. What came naturally to most families, was excruciating for us.
"Bye Sam, Daddy is going to work now. Wave bye, bye. Sam, wave bye, bye. Sam, look at Daddy, Sam. Sam. Sam."
My heart ached when I would walk out the door. I just wanted to hear his little voice and have his gaze turn toward mine. It just didn't happen.