Notes from a not-so-empty nester, by Liane Kupferberg Carter (Chicago Tribune). This article’s a bit sad – parents who are still caring for their autistic adult-child, when all of their friends are “finding themselves” in the empty-nesting years. Friendships that they now realise were situational, due to their children’s shared activities. The heartache of worrying about who will care for your adult-child once you’re gone.
While I do find much encouragement in reading articles by autistic adults, who regularly assure parents that they were like our children – I think most parents of autistic children would relate to the loneliness and future-care fear expressed in this article.