Linda Wood Rondeau

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Raising a Child With Autism
11/30/2016 8:33:00 PM by: LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

Today I want to introduce you to a special writer friend and his very special book. Please welcome Timothy Fountain:

 

An excerpt from Raising a Child With Autism

Tomatoes are fruit that even the most inexperienced gardener can grow. It’s getting them to stop growing that requires skill.

We grew some in pots on the tiny patio of our Southern California duplex. We had these cone-shaped metal cages stuck in the pots to help the plants grow vertically. Instead, the vines crawled up the frames, popped the frames out of the soil and tossed them aside. Then the green invaders spread out to take over the patio and fill it with their admittedly tasty fruit.

The eatin’ was good, but after awhile we desired less tomato slices for sandwiches, salads and salsa blends. That’s when the throwing started.

Several full bags wound up in a break room at work. Some landed in the fellowship hall at church. Our coworkers, friends and neighbors were confronted by grocery bags of tomatoes, and perky “Take all you want!” signs gleaming at them from the shiny plastic bags.

But while we were throwing our tomatoes to the four winds, the four winds were throwing them right back at us. Our coworkers, friends and neighbors grew tomatoes of their own. Pretty soon, our doorstep sported bulging plastic bags with smiley faces and “Enjoy!” written in giant permanent marker.

Then it was time to share zucchini.

The art of caregiving includes finding enjoyable activities for the people in our care. I get a surge of satisfaction when I come up with something that brightens our son’s day. If he’s calm and happy, we find ourselves a bit closer to calm and happy.

The downside is that the good times can sprawl like tomato plants. An autistic person, for example, can impose constant demands for the feel-good activity. Our bedroom door flies open and light floods in at 2 a.m. because Joey wants that video that made him laugh throughout the day. It is a short step from “Thank God I’ve found something he likes,” to “Please, God, make him stop bugging me about that.”

Author Bio:Timothy Fountain grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California despite having no football skills.  After a stint running a jackhammer and then three years in the Army, he abandoned thoughts of a legal career, attended a seminary in New York City, and devoted almost thirty years to Christian preaching.  He and his wife, Melissa, and their two sons, one a lad with autism, moved to South Dakota in 2004.  Tim continues a life of trial and error as a husband, dad, family care giver, preacher and writer.

synopsis:

A couple raising a son with autism realize that their care giving is infested with the same embarrassing amateurism as their efforts at gardening, but find encouragement in spite of their limitations.

 

Links:

Book: 

https://smile.amazon.com/Raising-Child-Autism-Timothy-Fountain/dp/1938499387/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1477353199&sr=8-1&keywords=raising+a+child+with+autism

Website: https://caregivingstinks.wordpress.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tfountain1
Twitter: @NPASDK 

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