Sunday night in the middle of the night my oldest son started texting me, I kept hearing Luke Combs text tone over and over. You see I have one of his ringtones attached to my son’s number. Luke is my favorite country singer and my son reminds me of him. As much as I love hearing Luke’s songs, I wasn’t happy that my son was texting over and over so late. I grabbed my phone to see what was so important. Of course as soon as I read his texts, my heart broke. He was letting me know about the senseless murder of people at a Country Music fest, which Luke Combs actually happened to be performing at.I thought to myself once again Hate rears it’s despicable head. I started watching the news and looking on social media, another coward had decided to shoot innocent people. I will never understand how people can be so full of hate.
I felt so helpless and full of hurt as I watched the footage. I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I laid in bed watching classic TV to try to calm down. I knew I was going to need to talk with Peyton when he woke up, about once again about how evil people can be. I feel like I am always having this discussion. We have talked with him about bullies and people who choose to deflect their issues rather than reflect, but mass shootings aren’t easy to explain. Peyton is very sweet and gentle and doesn’t understand why people are so mean.
I really don’t have words for this latest display of hateful violence. Daily I see people attacking each other on twitter because they disagree. I started calling it slanderous bullying. Peyton has asked me several times why people have to be so mean just because they don’t like who someone voted for. I’ve tried to explain to him that many times people take it as a personal attack against their views,rather than everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I really am on my last nerve with some of the offensive & slanderous “name tags” being put on people.
It’s a bit puzzling to me how people can sit on social media and name call, finger point and make “threats” then say they disdain bullies. This justification of anything goes because someone else said something you disagree with HAS TO STOP! My prayer and hope is that people look inside of themselves instead of deflect. We can’t control what others say & do, but we can control ourselves. If we choose to not play the game of verbal violence, maybe just maybe others will stop as well. Let’s all make a vow to tone down the rhetoric. While words are only words, they can lead to more.
I hope we can return good for evil, reflect not deflect, open our hearts and minds, disagree with respect and support causes not agendas! While this won’t stop evil, it’s a great start and we need to start somewhere because if we don’t I am not sure what will happen.
THE AWESOMISM QUILT!
Weaving Awesomism life stories together!
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Now that Peyton is 18 we want to show him America and meet so many Awesomism people along the way!
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Lynne has branded herself as ‘AwesomismMom’ with a website, social media accounts and even a book available on Amazon (Mom On An Awesomism Mission). She comes from an entrepreneurial family in Chicago which she leveraged into 25+ years of working in grassroots politics in Florida, while at the same time homeschooling all 4 of her kids, the oldest of which is 31, the youngest is 17 and autistic. Together with her husband, Mark, AwesomismMom is a family on a mission to help autism families. From this setting, she realizes that every person she comes in contact with has a story to be heard. Our primary focus is to help those who are teens and adults adapt better into the world that doesn’t always understand exactly what autism is.
Lynne has been featured by Flipboard both in print as well as was invited to speak to the company in Palo Alto, was a speaker at HECOA ( Home Education Council of America) , participated in several different autism fundraising campaigns, guest writer for Autism Parenting magazine, Woodlands Kiwanis Club, Underdogkids Foundation (of which she is now a board member) as well as several other groups ….for her work in the autism community. With an 85% adult unemployment rate among autistic adults, jobs and job skills are foremost to her Awesomism campaign.
Mark, Lynne and Peyton are taking to the road to meet, connect, help and tell the stories of Awesomism teens and adults. Human connection is very important to be able to truly understand others challenges. We will be sharing these stories and experiences through Blogs, social Media, flipboard magazine, newsletter, periscope and more!
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Last week Mark, Peyton and I had the privilege to meet the awesome people at Flipboard. We love Flipboard in our home and are always spreading the “Awesomeness” of Flipboard to everyone and anyone who will listen. I find most people know of/use Twitter, Facebook, snapchat etc etc…but haven’t heard of Flipboard. This is a shame for so many reasons, but most of all because it truly has the ability to change the world. I know this may seem like an over statement, but let me explain why I say this.
Mark Twain said “A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read” Reading is an important tool to learning about so many subjects that we may never otherwise be exposed to. I remember as a kid reading the covers of so many magazines, in stores and having them peak my interest in subjects. I taught my older kids to be inquisitive, and trust me they are..in fact there are times I get frustrated by their questions, and yes they are now adults : ) When Peyton was young I never saw that desire in him. As I have stated before these were all warning signs to me. I knew I would need to help develop that desire in him to learn. With Flipboard I can teach him more than I can with other similar venues. When he was young he did “magazine therapy” We would sit for hours and I would teach him facial expressions, common words etc…this was a great way for him to recognize not only emotions, but also to build his vocabulary. I truly wish I had Flipboard back then, as I could and would have designed magazines that would have been even more helpful for Peyton. One of the most beautiful things about Flipboard is that I can have pictures, blogs and videos all in a magazine that can and do help Peyton learn. He has his own magazines and they help stir his creativity and promote learning. Not all autistic teens and adults learn to read and that’s where Flipboard can really help. While it is a “reader” it allows for beautiful pictures and videos as well. We all learn at a different rate and in different ways. Flipboard allows for many of those different learning styles” to be used!
Guest Blog From Mark
One constant around our house is sports. I used to play a lot, now it’s just the occasional round of golf or tossing the Frisbee, tho the tv is frequently tuned to whatever game is on. I’m a big believer in using sports to teach greater life lessons such as performing under pressure, teamwork and accountability. Peyton doesn’t have much of an affinity for playing sports and we haven’t pushed it on him. One sport we have encouraged him to partake in is bowling. I bowled as a kid (a fat kid at that), and always had fun, made friends and Continue reading
When I was thinking about what I wanted to write for my next blog, many ideas popped into my head. One of the struggles is to make sure my topic means something to others, not just myself. Having a grassroots background, I know finding that commonality among others is important. I truly believe that if a blog even touches just one family, I consider it a success. I know first hand the ups and downs of living day by day with Awesomism, and sometimes just a kind word can help! I have had my share of days where I just wanted, needed advice, a shoulder etc…from another Awesomism Parent who had been through what I was going through. Continue reading