My son is not easy to “shop for.”  Last Christmas we requested that he be given gift cards and cash.  As we were driving to the store to do his shopping, I asked him, “What are you going to buy?”


“What else?” I asked.

“Just candy.”

“All $50 on candy?”


“Oh, no, I don’t think so!” I exclaimed.

He ended up buying a couple of toys and a bag of candy.  There is still over $25 on his card.

He is very content.  He doesn’t need the latest and greatest.  He has video games, notebooks and pencils, and yes, his candy.

This, I think, is one of the lighter sides of his having autism.  He doesn’t seem to feel the social pressures of keeping up with anyone, Joneses.  How great to be so content!

2 responses to this post.

  1. I love that…I remember when I was little I told my parents that I couldn’t wait to grow up and get a job so I could eat candy for every meal 🙂

    And yes, you’re absolutely right about our kids not feeling the pressure to keep up with the Jones’. Thanks for reminding me to appreciate the small things 🙂


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