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Friday, June 24, 2022

Journey with Autism – From spring to summer in the Midwest

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Going out into the fine weather has made people mindful of how lucky we are to look down the street and see the magnificent trees holding beautiful leaves and some fragrant flowers.

The many months indoors locked away from viruses and nasty weather has given way to more movement outdoors. Filling our lungs with outside air makes life in the looming cloudy gray days more a far memory than a reality.

I’m lucky to live in a vibrant place in Chicago. People walk outside to stores and restaurants, sporting events and to buy their groceries. I’ll kindly walk anywhere this city has sidewalks because it’s people watching fun and filled with energy.

Life in climates where it never snows or rains or where it’s never cold, does not have the mindful joy of bursting outside to live again. Cloudy days have there purpose, and rain means blooming green and gorgeous flowers. Sunshine is the best, but I’m good with doing a day inside if tomorrow promises better weather.

Highs and lows of the Midwestern climate are why we appreciate our good weather—possibly more than those who have the luxury of taking good weather for granted.

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Joe Rosenbloom
Joe Rosenbloom
Joe Rosenbloom is a 29-year-old young man with autism spectrum disorder, who is passionate about outreach and social justice.

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