When one's husband's tells you to "please, please, please write a blog about this fucking travesty," you tend to pay attention.
And then when you read what is (I hope to God) an unsuccessful quest for a) satire or b) readership or c) cheap laughs at the expense of what having a child with disabilities does to a marriage from The Onion with the title "Autistic Child Ruins Marriage He Was Born to Save", you get so fucking pissed you can't type or think straight.
Which is why my commentary needs to wait until I calm down.
Because you get it. The Onion, sadly, does not. For there are some things that need to remain off-limits, even in the world of parody and satire.
In my world, autism isn't a joke. It's not the stuff of satire, and it's not something to be parodied. It's the reality of millions and why someone thinks it is humorous to poke fun at the destruction of a marriage, and more importantly, of an innocent child, is unfathomable to me.
And if someone from The Onion or otherwise wishes to tell me I'm overreacting, that I don't understand the joke (because I don't) then I challenge you to live one fucking minute in my shoes and then you can tell me what the hell is so goddamned funny about the stress a child with diabilities, autism or otherwise, puts on a marriage.
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