OK, I’ve pretty much been a ‘what the heck is the point of Twitter?’ person for a long time. I think I’ve finally found a useful purpose for it. Many friends and family keep up with the daily goings-on at our house via my Facebook statuses (statii?), which 99% of you would never see, however. It’s a whole lot easier for me to post a couple of random lines there than to write a blog post in the chaotic days we’re in around our house right now.
So, I got to wondering whether it would be helpful to anyone out there to get a Twitter-style glimpse into the lives of parents with an autistic toddler. Assuming we are anywhere near what passes for ‘average’ for that kind of parent, you might get a representative sample of the ups, downs, struggles, celebrations, frustrations, etc. we experience – a couple of sentences at a time. If nothing else, I promise you’ll see a lot more of our daily roller coaster that doesn’t make it up to the blog, sorta like Both Hands and a Flashlight Unplugged.
This is a total experiment, and it may involve me tweeting to myself. (OK, that sounds bad. Moving on…) But I have a Twitter update app on my iPrecious that lets me update the Twitter page in about 30 seconds from just about anywhere (i.e., I don’t have to be sitting here at my computer concurrent to being free of screaming children), so it’s a fairly easy experiment.
Anyway, you can see the most recent handful of tweets on the right-hand column of this page. (Yeah, I know the text formatting currently sucks; I’ll fix it sometime soon.)
To visit our Twitter page, go to http://www.twitter.com/autismparents. Not surprisingly, we (it’s listed under me, but we are a we around here) are ‘autismparents’ on Twitter, so follow us or do an @autismparents and tweet us!
(Still sounds a little personal to me, but that’s what being in your mid-30s does to you.)