Every parent of a special kiddo has had at least one person make a stupid remark to them. Some people have even let me do guest posts on this subject. 🙂 Now that I’m kinda sorta done with hell week (at least until I start correcting the issue with one of the problems on my Accounting homework), I thought I’d post a few here.
“Daniel is autistic? Did you vaccinate him? Have you tried the GAPS diet?”
*utters a gutteral growl and points to the shirt that reads “Yes, my kid is autistic. Yes, we vaccinated him. No, we’re not doing the GAPS diet. Now go away, you weapons-grade plum!!”*
The word “retarded”.
Apparently someone’s parents neglected to teach them manners! Good thing to know I’m raising Daniel not to be socially stunted enough to say something like that in public. 🙂 *smiles sweetly*
“Need help? (Usually said as I was trying to enter or exit with the kid in his stroller.)
Nope! What makes you think that?
“You need to take care of yourself. (Usually said after criticizing Daniel’s behavior or my parenting.)
You’re right! Thanks for offering to pay for a qualified sitter while you drive me to the local nail place for a mani/pedi and clean my house from top to bottom! Oh yeah… you can also pick me up an iced vanilla latté with whole milk from Whidbey Coffee Company on the way. 🙂 Don’t forget to scrub my toilets and fold my laundry before you pick me up! *smiles saccharinely*
It must have been so hard to leave your kid in the hospital and come home every night. (This was said to me at a church dinner after Daniel’s epic three-week hospital stay in March 2011.)
*glares* Who said I came home every night? Didn’t Jon tell you how much I *LOVE* hospital food, showering only once every 4 days, and sleeping in uncomfortable chairs while watching my kid hooked up to endless tubes and machines?
Someone calls Daniel the “Planned Parenthood poster child”
*repetitively throat-punches the speaker because there are some things YOU JUST DON’T SAY TO A MOTHER!!!!!!!!* (Making this even worse, it was a close family member who said it. Needless to say, we have no relationship anymore and I’m not regretting it.)
Something about how having an autistic child is the worst thing they could imagine.
Yeah, you know, having a child who makes comments like that to people must be pretty humiliating as well. I weep for your mom.
“I’m sorry your child is retarded.”
*shrugs* Eh, at least he’s smarter than you are!
It must be hard knowing that your kid is autistic because you chose to give him the MMR vaccine.
I dunno… I think it would be harder being so deluded that you believe that lie that vaccines cause autism even after *MULTIPLE* studies of millions of children proved that they don’t along with Dr. Andrew Wakefield admitting that he lied, The Lancet issuing a retraction, and Dr. Wakefield being stricken from the British Medical Record for knowingly deceiving people. But that’s just me. *smiles with teeth*
What other stupid things like these have you heard people saying?