Dear Readers: Today is Administrative Professionals Day.
If you have assistants who make your job easier, please let them know how much they are appreciated.
Dear Annie: My 13-year-old son has autism and anxiety issues, severe expressive and receptive language delays, and profound sensory issues.
Bright lights, loud sounds and large crowds can overwhelm him. Many things that we take for granted, such as getting in an elevator or going to the grocery store, took years for him to accomplish. And it truly took a village of dedicated family, friends, teachers and therapists, along with sheer luck that he has grown and developed to this point.
He loves life and wants to be involved, have friends and participate. He is simply a joy.
Recently, my family traveled to visit my sister. My son still has anxiety about flying, and the airlines allow us to pre-board. The problem was the other travelers who made snide remarks and gave us nasty looks. I'd like to make a plea to the public: Please do not judge others.
My son may look totally "normal" and healthy on the outside, but inside, the daily struggles he encounters can be overwhelming. It takes just as much energy to be nice as it does to be mean-spirited.
You have no way of knowing what the person next to you is going through, and one small gesture of kindness can make a difference.
- Any Mom
Dear Mom: Well said. We wish people would train themselves to think generous thoughts before making assumptions that lead to being unkind.
Most of us do not mean to be cruel and would be appalled to realize we have been.
Dear Annie: I agree with your advice to "Losing My Religion," whose wife was always late for church, that he should go on his own. But I don't think he should save her a seat.
Knowing there is a place saved for her will only enable her to continue her inconsiderate behavior. She should pay the consequences of her tardiness.
Dear L.: We think having to get to church on her own is punishment enough.
There's no point in creating a reason to gossip about their marriage.
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