I wrote this post last year after mum died, a couple of memories that make me smile. I just wanted to share them again on her anniversary.

Close Encounters of the Autistic Kind

John’s beloved Nannie, my mum, recently passed away after a long illness. I thought it would be a fitting tribute to her to share with you a couple of stories about the two of them which still tickle my chuckle muscle to this day.

When John was younger mum and dad looked after him for three days a week after school. Being a very creative person mum always enjoyed ‘messy play’ as John called it. She would spend hours with him finger painting, glueing toilet roll holders and various cardboard boxes together, making trains, bridges and generally having lots of messy fun.
One memorable occasion when I arrived to pick John up, it was mayhem. The pair of them were covered in brightly coloured paint and they were both wearing an assortment of cereal boxes fashioned into hats, with paper pom-poms on florists wire stuck in the top. Mum and John were…

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