My brother

  • WHAT I LIKE ABOUT MY AUTISTIC BROTHER

    Laurie, 16

    One of the things I like about having my brother is that we never fight.  I’ve heard a lot about how sibling rivalry is healthy but when I look around at my friends, at the conflicts they have with their siblings – the petty jealousies, the competition, it wears me out.  Some of those negative feelings get carried into adulthood, no doubt.  My brother’s life is somewhat restricted, due to his autism.  He has very narrow interests.  And oh yes, he drives me up the wall on some days with his fixations.  But he’s usually happy when I’m happy.  When I’m sad, he doesn’t give me long lectures.  He just wipes my tears.

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