by Ryan Hinds
(From the book… I Know You’re In There – Winning Our War Against Autism)
As you have seen in the previous chapters of her book, my mother is a little stubborn. This is not a criticism, but rather a fact that shouldn’t really surprise anyone who has read this book. I’m not bothered by this personality trait. It was because of her tenacity that I got better. Sometimes her pushiness can be a little annoying, but there is no one in the world I love or appreciate more.
It is because of this almost perfect, yet obsessive mother that I live a pretty normal life and I am grateful for that. My mom and I fight sometimes, but at these times it is sort of fun to mess with her. When she wanted to know every detail about my girlfriend, it was quite bothersome. There are just some things you don’t tell your mother. My sister and I decided a long time ago that we love to torment her by not sharing information about anyone special in our lives. Some people call that passive/aggressive behavior. We think of it as entertainment.
I worry I will disappoint my mom if I decide not to get married or have a family. I might want a house full of dogs instead. They are much easier than women. My dad agrees with me. And my mom is a little insulted because she believes she isn’t that difficult. Marcia already has a closet full of clothes for the grandchildren who aren’t born yet.
The one thing that still bothers me about being on the spectrum is that I’m still dependent on medications to make my immune system work properly. I long for the day when someone invents the thing the world can’t live without – a cure for autism.
NOTE FROM MARCIA HINDS – Megan and Ryan’s mom:
Ryan became an aerospace engineer, because he received proper medical treatment combined with behavioral, and educational interventions. To preview my book, “I Know You’re In There – winning our war against autism”go to Amazon or my website www.autism-and-treatment.com
Contact info for Marcia: