Sam Turns Twenty at Sha Tin

With a number of birthday gatherings floating around, I thought it was about time I caught up on a post I promised before the inevitable hiatus announcement.

A few months ago, my brother turned 20 years old.  TWENTY YEARS OLD!! How did that happen?

To be honest, it really is a miracle that we’ve stayed sane and together as a family for that long.

Why’s that?, I anticipate you asking.

Well, if you knew me in real life, you’d also know that Sam, my brother, has autism.  He was diagnosed with autism when he was 4 years old and our family lifestyle and routines have never been quite ‘normal’ ever since.

Little Sam with the beginnings of a continuously growing video cassette collection

I’m sure you don’t hide away scissors, knives and the stove lighter before you go to sleep.  I’m also pretty certain that the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning is not a laptop being thrusted at your face with a demand for the password. Nor are 2 TVs and one portal DVD player constantly being played (all at once) in your household.  These are just some of the realities we deal with on a regular basis because of my brother’s disabilities.  Though there have been many challenges over the years, there has also been much joy and appreciation for the little things in life i.e. when Sam finishes a full sentence that made complete sense without any prompting :).  Being a sibling to a person with special needs has also taught me to be patient with people, recognising that we all have our idiosyncrasies and to accept others just the way they are. Continue reading “Sam Turns Twenty at Sha Tin”