Everybody’s got Something.

Everybody’s got Something.

Hi there.
Thanks for popping in.
I’ve been busy today, getting ready for the TV shows on Sunday.
It’s been a pleasant day, actually. 
But today I want to talk about my friend, Brenda.
Many of you know her. 
She and I write to each other often, and enjoy a very special friendship. She lives in Scotland and I live darn sarf, so writing is our way to stay in touch and support each other.
She sent me the most beautiful handmade little donkey for my birthday! 

He is soooooo adorable! 


How kind and thoughtful is that?! I also received so many beautiful handmade cards from other friends too, and I would like to show them off to you next week, when I finally take them all down off the window ledges and mantelpiece.
Did you know that it’s World Autism Awareness Week this week? 
Brenda asked me if I would mention it here, to do just that: 
create some awareness.

She is autistic; she has Asperger’s syndrome, 
which is a form of autism. So do a lot a lot a lot of people.
But until we reach out and try to understand HOW these individuals tick, HOW they process things, we cannot be of much use to them at all. Thank goodness Brenda and I have a mutual trust and respect for each other, so that we can share.

What is Autism?
Do we really know? 
I recently watched a documentary with Chris Packham the TV Presenter, who suffers with Asperger’s too. 
That was a real eye opener. Below I have found a short explanation of what these good people like Brenda and Chris have to endure. 
Talk about misunderstood!

I have also included a link to a Donation Page here. 

World Autism Awareness Week
on the note, I shall go indoors and have some supper.
Love & Hugs,

24 thoughts on “Everybody’s got Something.

  1. Hello Barbara

    There was an interesting programme on Channel 4 last night. It was about people who weren't diagnosed until they were adults. My daughter and I think she is in this category, also my grandson, her son. They are only mildly affected and Noah is a high achiever. The more we learn and read about it the more it explains a lot about them. One of my close friends has had both her sons diagnosed. One is a high achiever and the younger one struggles academically. Her life is full-on and I have a great deal of respect for her.

    I am glad you and Brenda are in touch. I really miss reading her posts on your blog. She was always articulate and sensible.


  2. I hope I am very knowledgeable and can see it a mile off. My job is to work with these children and keep them safe and happy until they move onto the next chapter of their lives. Xx

  3. What a beautiful gift from Brenda I received a birthday card from brenda for my sixty birthday a gift I still treasure a lovely lady who brought so much to this blog my partner watched that program and said how interesting it was .thank you for sharing.xxx

  4. Hi Barbara good to see Autism on your blog there are so many people with symptoms of Autism around don’t realise cause of verying symptoms katie is on spectrum but not got a label but is mild to some of her friends it’s hard being in a world you don’t understand so many young children we have know life for them and families get so hard when they reach pupity which is a bad enough time for all children. Well been egg hunting got nine but one seems to be hiding on me eyes tired know so will have another look tomorrow looking forward to Sunday’s show May have to record watch later as at our Rebecca’s for Ester dinner and Eggs . Big hugsxx

  5. How lovely. That little donkey is so cute and so kind of Brenda.I have worked with autistic children when I was a Teaching Assistant, not easy for them at all. xx

  6. Brenda is very talented to make that for you, and I am glad that you are still in touch regularly with her. I miss her articulated posts.
    Tonight I am making draw string bags for our church to fill and donate to the food bank to give as a special Easter gift in addition to what they give out to their users. We thought we could make and fill 40, but we are nealy at 100, and I am sure more will come on Sunday.

  7. Hi Barb,
    How lovely of Brenda to make the little donkey for you and I’m really pleased that she is still in touch with you. I have often wondered about her and hoped that she was ok. I do miss her regular posts. Please pass on my best wishes to her next time you write. Sending love and hugs, Alison xxx

  8. Hi Barbara
    What a lovely thoughtful gift from Brenda, it's lovely you stay in touch. She always explained how she saw things so well. The clips are very interesting, thank you for sharing them with us.
    Love Diane xxx

  9. So lovely to hear from Brenda I loved reading her posts and did wanders his she was keeping. The little donkey is delightful, such character in his features. So
    interested to see the video,thank you

  10. Hello Barb, thank you for sharing the video and the message about Autism. The donkey Brenda made is so cute, well done Brenda. Looking forward to the shows on Sunday and Monday. Take care all. Bx

  11. I'm glad Brenda is OK and that you are both in touch with one another Barbara, and thank you for the link. I love the donkey she made for you, a wonderful gift. x

  12. Glad to hear Brenda is ok. I miss her posts on your blog and was concerned for her. Your little donkey is so cute. Please tell Brenda we all miss her and wish her well.
    Gayle x

  13. Such a beautiful little donkey. Brenda is such a talented crafter and always gives the most thoughtful hand-made gifts. She is a truly special lady and a wonderful friend who has taught me (and hopefully others) so much about autism, and has really raised my own awareness. I look forward to seeing your gallery of cards next week x

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