Autism

The Prompt – Age

I don’t know if it is the Autism diagnosis or just becoming a mum, but age is something that really concerns me now.

Age for me means getting older, getting older means we have less time on this planet. Which in turn means that one day we will no longer be here to look after our children. They will be left without us!

It’s funny because when you are younger all you want to do is grow up and get older. I remember being so excited when it was my tenth birthday, I had finally hit double digits. Now I don’t really keep track of my age, if someone asks me how old I am I have to take a moment to work it out. I stopped counting when I was 30, I was pregnant with Ethan, every birthday after that hasn’t been important to me.

I’m also very conscious that our children aren’t children for long. I look back at my wedding photos and my niece was a little girl when we got married. In the few short years that we have been married she is now taking exams and talking about what she is going to do next in her education. She is growing up, very quickly!

So in my head we have a few short years to enjoy the magic of childhood. A few short years for fairy tales, magic and wonder.

When Ethan was born I never had this fear of leaving him behind. It’s a fact of life that we all have to leave people behind at some point. His diagnosis has brought with it my massive fear of leaving him behind. He is so dependant on us and I’m so worried that no one will look after him like we will.

We talk about Ethan’s age a lot, do you think he will be able to do such and such by the time he is fifteen etc. Perhaps age for me represents the future and for me Ethan’s future is unknown and a very scary place.

I have been inspired to write this post for Sara over at Mum Turned Mom

 

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5 Comments

  • bloggingastrid.com

    I can relate, but in a somewhat different way. I have autism, and I feel that as I age, I’m lagging more and more behind my neurotypical age peers. I never wanted to grow up in fact, because growing up meant less time to be a child. I understand your worry about what happens to Ethan when you’re gone, and therefore the issue with growing older.

  • Tracy

    I’m an autism parent so I totally get this. I worry about not being here for my son, especially as I am an older mother.
    But all I can do is take care of myself, enjoy the good moments and prepare my boy to be as independent as he can be.
    Thought provoking post. X #ThePrompt

  • Gym Bunny Mummy

    I’m kind of like this with Archie, not quite at the stage of what will he do without us but more what will it be like when he starts school. Will he be at mainstream or SEN, when will he start talking etc? So I’m completely with you on this one xx

  • Chrissie M

    I think it’s important not to let these thoughts over-ride your enjoyment of the time you do have together. It’s a worry we all share about our children, but that’s how life is and how it works. Time really does go so fast for us while they’re little (although it doesn’t feel like it on the bad days.) x

  • Sara Murray

    I can completely understand this, I have a much greater sense of my own mortality since having children, the thought of leaving them alone frankly terrifies me. For me it’s one of those things that I just can’t allow myself to think about too much. I think we have to just enjoy each moment that we have x Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt and I’m so sorry for taking so long to comment, a lot to catch up on this weekend x

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