But you, a single parent to a special needs child, are somehow on the sidelines watching and wondering if you and your child will ever have a true and permanent love in your lives, too.Once he's met him, the word won't be so scary."She's right.Nobody could meet David and find him frightening in any way. After all, he's David first and foremost, and he just happens to have autism. Then again, is that fair to the guys I might eventually date? Plus, if he's gotten to know me well enough to be introduced to my kids, he'll probably know about my blogs or at least have friended me on Facebook by then.
"Just let him meet David, then explain that he's a child with autism.
He's a fact of life and a part of my life and I wouldn't trade him, or his sister for the world. But I'm going to be dating a lot more soon (well, hopefully I am...) and I don't really know whether I should talk about my disabled kid or just talk about my kid and mention his disability at a later time.
Oh, please, don't for one minute think he's my dilemma, because he's not.
You can hear them dedicating sappy love songs to one another on the radio (do people do that?
), you see them on romantic dates in restaurants, they are holding hands at amusement parks, they are strangers, they are your friends, your relatives, your work buddies.
Obviously, this isn't first date conversation, but at what point in the dating process do I introduce my son's disability?
From books and magazines, to television and movies, you can’t escape the sights and sounds of couples in love.
I'd love to hear from any of you in my situation (or who have experience with friends in this situation).
I love my kid, but autism is a scary word to most people, until they've met someone like my David.