Keeping it Together

Autism Moment of the Day:

Medium-Sized Guy had a challenge today.  He faced a disappointment involving the computer

However, instead of throwing things or yelling, or telling me he wanted to kill me, he kept it together.  He was very patient while we did a complete software update to make sure that everything on our end was the best it could be.  He was calm and cool while I double-checked that all our applications and other sundries were in working order (using tests to be found in HELP sections, and so forth).  And he was very interested as we sought ways of working around an apparent problem.

He was magnificent.

But the situation was still not positive for him.  He was unable to do the thing he wanted to do on the computer.  And finally, after we tried and tried and he understood it wasn’t going to work –

His face crumpled and he curled up on my lap and cried.

I told him I was enormously proud of his self-control throughout and thought he did a terrific job in being persistent and willing to try new things.  He was so awesome.

Frustrated, but fantastic.

It was a good morning. 🙂



MSG persevered and found a YouTube tutorial that address the exact issue he was experiencing. All on his own, my son got what he wanted to work functioning and he is very proud of himself.  🙂

I am proud of him, too. Clearly. 🙂


  1. Becca · April 3, 2012

    I am beaming at his achievement here. I’m so sorry it still didn’t work for him, but that is so great.

    I am enjoying your updates on autism.

    Love you!

    • Sandi · April 3, 2012

      Aw, thank you. 🙂 You’re such a terrific encourager!

  2. Warren C. Bennett · April 3, 2012

    …well hopefully this will help him learn that things like this happen in life, sometimes. Of course the techie in me wants to help get the computer thing going XD

    • Sandi · April 3, 2012

      You know what? He kept at it and researched and found a YouTube tutorial that dealt with just the problem we were having and he made it work ALL BY HIMSELF.

      I am so enormously proud of him. 🙂

      • Warren C. Bennett · April 3, 2012

        Cool 🙂 That is how I find a good portion of answers. Youtube/google for the win.

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