On the surface this might not seem like a great revelation, but my son finally got a car yesterday. Yes, a lot of people get cars at some point of their lives, but I think conditions for my son are kind of special. First, my son has had to deal with a slight degree of autism. His is probably a different type of situation, because he does not suffer fully from it. He can read very well, he knows how to operate his computer, he can speak well and his sense of direction is “excellent.” In fact, it was tough for him growing up because they put him in classes with fully autistic kids and he knew that he didn’t belong there (but he was not ready for classes with regular kids). My son is 30 years old now. He wants to live a normal life and he felt he should have a car. I agreed. This was a long ordeal and yesterday finally culminated in him getting his wish. He has had his license for a long while but no car. Getting his license was a major objective because he wanted to prove to himself and everyone else that he could do this. The first 2 times he attempted to get his license he failed and he cried over it. The woman who denied him lacked compassion and practically tried to make my son look like a villain. I will never forget her. On the third try we had to go to someplace 2 hours away in Lewistown, Pennsylvania. To help my son out I had him drive all the way there. This relaxed him significantly and when he finally passed I was “crazy happy.” Yesterday was the ultimate because he now has a car of his own. Many people will probably not understand why I feel the way I do, but if you knew what we have been through you would get it. I never treated my son as though he was special. I always considered him to be just like the rest of us. So far, I think it has worked. This is still only the beginning for him. I will ride with him in the passenger seat until he fully gets the hang of everything. I won’t let him go on his own until he is ready, but now that he has a car of his own we can do this. Congratulations to my son. Thank you for checking out my Daily Thought, and as always I wish you the very best that life has to offer.
Dee Dee Sharp in concert with Brett Jolly on bass guitar