26 Oct 2016 A note for my Mom Dianne from St. Vincent De Paul and Dr. Temple Grandin (Thinking in Pictures and other reports from my life with autism book)

Hello to you today….wherever and whenever you are.  It’s 11:41 am on this Wednesday morning.  We had a nice start to the day by having breakfast with our neighbor friend and family member Pam at our local Waffle House.  They have come up with a breakfast bowl that we just really like.  I call it their “All in One” and those are my favorite kinds of meals to make – foods you like to eat that go well together all mixed together in one bowl.

So as you can tell by the title of the blog, this message is rather specific and for someone I love very much – my Mom Dianne.  She took me on when she married my dad when I was about 5 years old  and gosh am I grateful she did!  I know, especially now as a grown up, how difficult it must have been for her to get such an acquisition as me lol!  I will always remember when she and Dad came back from their honeymoon and my running down the street from my Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt’s (they lived in trailer home down from my Dad’s house in Tea SD) and yelling at the top of my lungs, “Mommy!  Mommy! Mommy” and remembering my Dad asking “What about Daddy?!” lol.  Well he didn’t fully understand how special Dianne was to me.  First of all she was so beautiful.  She had the longest dark hair and the most beautiful brown eyes.  I used to call her “Indian blood” because to me as a little girl who didn’t know better, she reminded me of a beautiful Indian princess!  Our early lives together and well into my older teens were not easy but through all of the yelling, the fighting, the misunderstandings, the running away, the crying there was her teaching me all the things I would need to know to survive in this world.  Mathematics were her strength and ohhh she tried for it be mine but her little protégé was not to be….right-brainer to the max here lol!  The one thing, the one lesson that never quite stuck (besides math) was being stoic and being able to let what others said or did to me not visibly affect me.  My life out of her care and protection would have to teach me that!

This leads me to my taking a closer look today at the receipt that came with the book I ordered via Amazon.com called Thinking in Pictures (and other reports from my life with autism) by Dr. Temple Grandin.  The reason I needed to look at the receipt initially was so I could give them a positive review for the quality of the books condition and how quickly they got it to me.  As I read the name of where the book came from it was like a 1000 watt lightbulb went off in my head!  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is the very same charity my Mom has given and continues to give so much of her time to as a volunteer in Sioux Falls SD!  Now I don’t think this book probably came from the bookstore at Mom’s church BUT I think it’s pretty darn amazing that it came from her charity.

Mom, without your realizing it, the God of my understanding spoke to me through yours using people (like Dr. Grandin), places and things we have in common to do it!  The God of my understanding found a way for us to communicate without us even realizing it (until now).  May be this book by Dr. Grandin can help me to help you understand that everything we went through together all those years ago just didn’t have a label! 



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