We got rid of cable television a few years ago. Tired of the subtle indoctrination and the in-your-face consumerism, it was time to turn off the talking box. We still watch TV shows and movies doing so through other means. We might be a season or two behind what everybody else is watching, but we watch what we want and when we want to on our own schedule (and without commercials, including endless pharmaceutical advertisements).
A few weeks ago my husband and I finished viewing a season of a popular television show and needed a filler before choosing something new show to watch. We ended up on Youtube one night and stumbled upon Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show channel. We watched a few clips that night and found ourselves looking for more funny clips several nights later. We’re hooked now and make a point to check out his skits the day or two after they’ve aired.
Jimmy’s Thank You Notes segment on his show is one thing that makes me giggle. Sending a thoughtful, and sometimes snarky message of thanks to someone or something creates some enjoyable belly laughs. They are nothing about autism and everything about humor, something I rely on to get me through some of life’s tough days.
I’m a big fan of handwritten thank you notes myself. Today, I’d like to share some of my own with you. All of them are addressed to Autism Awareness Month, which after 30 long days, is about to end.
If after reading my thank you notes and you feel I forgot something, go ahead and add your own thank you to Autism Awareness Month in the comments section below.
Thank you, Autism Awareness Month, for starting the festivities off with news of the updated national autism rate. Too bad you’re off by a couple of years.
Thank you for perfectly timing another autism study in early April. Can the next one be one that doesn’t blames Moms for autism?
Thank you, IACC “advocates” for being asleep at the wheel figuratively, well, actually literally! We agree that if haven’t already poked your own eyes out at one those meetings, those meetings are quite the snoozefest.
Thank you for shying away from awareness all month and pointing out how ill-informed you want everyone to be.
Thank you for turning the heat up on the unvaccinated this month. It’s not like we were already busy or anything.
Thank you for adding more insults to your agenda and not going to bat for us when we could have used more support.
Thank you, Autism Awareness Month, for the chance to party with the CDC during their #CDCVax hashtag party. It was swell to see so many CDC representatives active online once again this month. Do they ever let them sleep? Ha ha!
Thank you for ending the month-long celebration of awareness with no plan to address or reduce the autism rate.
But, good news is on the way!
With awareness just about ready to be boxed up until April 2015, you know where that leaves us?
Eleven straight months of action, of course!
Let’s get ready to rumble!!!!
Cathy Jameson is a Contributing Editor for Age of Autism.