1. Saves you money.
- You NEVER have to buy or wrap birthday presents for classmates or child-age relatives - because your son doesn't get an invite to the parties.
- You don't need to stock up on snack foods for the neighbor kids - they don't come over.
- You always have the perfect excuse not to attend a social event you'd like to avoid - "Well, ya know, we'd LOVE to attend, but we have the Boy" (you know, they really don't want you to come with him, and are hoping you give them an out).
- "8pm, you say? Sorry, the boy has taken his medication and is ready for bed by then...sorry."
- You get to go on school field trips FOR FREE - because the school doesn't want to be responsible should the boy climb into the polar bear enclosure or suddenly run roughshod through the museum giftshop.
- Psychiatric and therapy appointments also ensure that your PTO balance stays low!
- He says the most horrible insults to people who have been a pain in the azz for years, and all is forgiven because he's autistic (That's my boy!)
- If you're looking for a pity fix, just tell someone your child is bipolar and autistic...first, crickets, then that oh so sincere pity face. Score!
- They actually go home and hug their children, and thank the higher power of their choice that they have the kids they have.
A shame that these folks never seem to see the kid when he's damned near normal, and the labels don't show.