Anyway, now that I've seen adults with autism and teenagers, at least ones that I think started out where Conor is now, I feel a little better. Sometimes it seems manageable. Hell, people with "typically developed" kids struggle through lots of stuff... I can get through this, right?!
It certainly throws you for a loop. Conor now wants to go swimming all the time and will drop trou and run out the door with no warning. Funny when he's 5, not so funny when he's 50! We're working on it. We've taken to singing "Oh yes, they call him the Streak..." when he's running around outside. Actually, his total lack of inhibition is sometimes freeing. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all drop trou and go swimming when we wanted to?