The positive things. I met a lot of interesting people. I’ve found out an awful lot. I don’t know as I really wanted to know as much about autism, but it hasn’t killed me to find out. I couldn’t say that it hasn’t been enriching at times. It has. And of course I can’t say that I wouldn’t feel just being a parent anyway as being enriching because it depends which day you ask me. If you asked me another day I would say I definitely, you know, I wish I hadn’t put my name down for this at all. And I have got at the end of it you know I have got a bright loving healthy child who, you know, when you look at what some people are dealing with terminally ill children, you know the fact that Nick could be profoundly affected in you know he could be incontinent, he could not have any speech like some autistic children, or have you know some other awful disease.
So you know, you, it is all relative. You know we have had a lot of help, we have had a lot of help and we have had a lot of support. And I think these days, certainly you know at times when you look in the papers and so forth, it is almost trendy to be autistic [laughs].
You almost feel that, somebody, you know, is quite keen to tell you that they have got autistic tendencies. So that has been I think a much more positive thing, because I think if this had been happening to me thirty years ago I think it must have been, very, very difficult. And if you were perhaps somebody who hadn’t had much education yourself and you were trying to take on dealing with this type of difficulty especially you know balancing it with dealing with society, who I get the impression that at the time the child would have been in a special school or a health professional would have been saying, “Take him home, you can’t do anything with him. What are you bothering for?” You know, to have dealt with that people must have been devastated and you know to have come through that because you do read about the people who did you know, take on the system for their child or whatever, that must have been, you must have had an awful lot of self belief, a terrific amount.
So I think you know for it to have happened to me and for it to have happened to me now, that has been a positive. And I think you know another five, ten years and I would like to think that we will have moved on again, because you know it is in the news all the time and I do think generally speaking that most people are sympathetic and prepared to be supportive.