Missy Barrett's Adventures

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Autism Puzzle Pieces

on April 3, 2017

So April is Autism Awareness Month, and I know that because there’s autism in my family and that’s how I know about these kinds of things.  When I was on Facebook yesterday, I saw a lot of things people wrote about autism and some of it made me happy.  Some of it mixed me up, and mostly that had to do with people that were crazy mad about puzzle pieces and autism.

The crazy mad people were saying that puzzle pieces and autism don’t go together, and then they said it was a bad thing to have puzzle pieces and autism go together.  That’s what made me get mixed up because my way of thinking is that puzzle pieces and autism are perfect together.

Here’s my thinking.

Everybody has one life they get to live, and because they never lived it before, everything about the life you get to live is a puzzle.  Every day gives you more puzzle pieces to put into your puzzle, and the more puzzle pieces you put together, the more you can figure out what the picture of your life puzzle is going to be when it’s finished up done.

Every puzzle piece you collect is perfect for your puzzle and that’s how come they’re so important to collect and put in your life puzzle.  If you don’t pick up all your puzzle pieces, your life puzzle is going to look wonky (or hinky like my Mohawk grandpa says sometimes).

So everybody is actually a puzzle piece because people are part of everybody’s life puzzle.  When someone with autism or any disability is part of your life puzzle, that’s a good thing because they’re helping your life puzzle be perfect.  When someone that doesn’t have autism or any disability is part of your life puzzle, that’s a good thing too because they’re helping your life puzzle be perfect.

If you’re one of the Facebook people that was crazy mad about puzzle pieces and autism being together, don’t be.  Maybe you didn’t realize before that every single puzzle piece is beautiful and plus, superly important.  That means that people that have autism are just like people that don’t have autism.  Everybody is a important puzzle piece.

Aren’t you happy you read my blog entry today?  Now you don’t have to be crazy mad for the rest of Autism Awareness month!  Now be sure to tell everybody how awesome (or ausome because I saw people spelling it that way on Facebook today) autism is and how everybody is a puzzle piece and that’s a good thing.

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