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Don't Believe Your Ears…

Wed 7:31am — I’m in the basement loading the washing machine.

The whole time I’m down there I can hear the king.

He’s “eeeee-ing” loudly and he sounds really distressed and anxious.

This goes on for almost 5 minutes. And I’m about to yell up to the wife,

“Are you with him? What’s bothering him?”

But I don’t, and I go upstairs in a few minutes and my perspective totally changed.

He was sitting at the table happily watching a show on his iPad while eating pancakes & bananas & happily “eeee-ing” loudly.

No distress, no anxiousness, just happy.

Funny how your perspective can change so quickly.

The lesson here?

Don’t believe your ears.


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Frank Campagna

I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).


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6 People Replies to “Don't Believe Your Ears…”

  1. D

    have missed you and updates. hope all is well.

  2. We've gotten pretty good at determining what is a happy noise and what is NOT a happy noise, but this still happens at least once every other day in our house. I absolutely admire your restraint! 🙂

  3. Nice work with the self restraint. Expectations often throw me for a loop.

  4. That's how my son showed his happiness…eee'ing….now at 22 its aaaahh'ing. The louder, the happier. 🙂

  5. I like a happy ending.

  6. Glad he was happy! Sorry it caused you anxiety!