Joséphine used this weeks theme to raise awareness for autism, since April is Autism Awareness Month. I personally don’t know anyone who suffers this illness, but I remember very clearly what it’s been like finishing Jodi Picoult’s House Rules. This book is about a teenager who has Asperger’s (a subform of autism) and because of certain and typical characteristics this illness entails, he becomes a suspect in a murder case. This book took me to the edge of my seat, not only because of the constant suspense, but also because of the feels. I became so interested in the story that I immediately started researching about Asperger’s and also took the chance to sit in a book presentation of someone with Asperger’s at the Frankfurt Book Fair about three years ago.
The things he had to say, the way he always tries to manage everyday life and how happy he has become (he was married with kids) was truly fascinating and inspirational to listen to. I always have the greatest respect for people who always try to make the best of their lives, especially in such challenging conditions.
So I think it’s absolutely self-evident that you should not make fun or take advantage of someone who suffers any illness at all. Always be grateful for being healthy because – nowadays – this could change any day. I at least, try to never take it for granted.
Therefore I really like this week’s theme and I highly recommend reading Jodi Picoult’s take on that (German edition: In den Augen der Anderen).
Happy sunday everyone!