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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Guest Post: Monika from Tomorrow Can Wait


Tomorrow Can Wait

“Tomorrow Can Wait” (http://mojosco.blogspot.de/) is a new blog which accompanies a book project: we would like to write a book about the travels with our autistic son John throughout Europe, and by doing so, also write about different perspectives on autism.

Our story is intentionally set outside our every-day routines. Dealing with bouts of aggression, sleep-deprivation, school issues, diapering and bureaucracy can make for quite a tedious day-to-day life in which we get caught up in our many tasks. Traveling puts our little family of three willfully in unknown situations. A true challenge with an autistic child, but we were and are convinced that it is possible and worthwhile, also for John. Even though – and especially because – he has problems understanding the world around him, exposing him to new landscapes, people, languages and situations offers him the ability to appreciate the spectrum of experiences that the world has to offer. And every time we announce a vacation, John is thrilled.

The title “Tomorrow can wait” refers to the fact that we surely have many worries (the ultimate one being: what happens to John when we are gone?) and difficult times ahead, but tomorrow can wait when we take a step back and let life give us new perspectives by embracing travel as an opportunity – even with a severely autistic child.

If we meet our funding goal on Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1180518949/tomorrow-can-wait), we will be able to self-publish the book (unless we find a publishing company) as a paperback, 6 x 9 inches, approx. 200 pages.

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