Today I planned on joining my family for a Father’s Day lunch on my break from work. My dad was too angry. My eldest brother couldn’t be bothered. And my other brother didn’t want to be around my parents. So it ended up just my mum and sister.
Mum was going on about how my brother needs help. How he’s not normal and needs to be “fixed”. It pains me to hear and normally I just sit silently. But then she called him a burden.
In the middle of a restaurant I burst out in tears.
It’s always hard trying to explain aspergers but there I was with tears running down my cheeks trying to. My brother is the most beautiful human I’ve ever known. He is intelligent and understanding and has a brilliant mind. My heart swells when I think of him. He’s just sensitive to the world. It hurts me so much that my family doesn’t understand this. They see these things as problems, weaknesses, things that need to be fixed.
Mum asked why he can’t function “normally” like us so I told her that for three years I’ve struggled with depression and am only just starting to find my feet. She started crying too. This is the first time I’ve ever said anything to my family about this stuff.
Please, please, PLEASE educate yourself. Be aware, spread awareness. Do what you have to.