Post from Susan Senator, mother of three sons, writer and activist. Her oldest son Nat, 22, was diagnosed with autism at age 3.
Riding along with Max today it struck me how happy I was. But this is
typical when I’m on my bike (and with Max). Again and again, the wide
open sky is my source of ecstasy. Going fast into the rushing air, or
pushing up into it working so hard that my arms tingle at the summit —
this is my element.
If you’ve been reading, you know this. But I mention it today because
it occurred to me that I always want to be outside. I want to do as
much as possible outside. I live for the hot weather, so I can be
outdoors as much as possible (coffee on the porch, lunch on the porch,
dinner on the porch or at an outdoor cafe). Riding, riding, riding.
Working, too. Now I leave. I am out of my house, in the world,
teaching, speaking, traveling. I’ve even been involved in politics. I
write controversial stuff. I’m out there, people say.