NO! Parents Are Not Allowed!

“Dash, did you fold all your clean clothes and put them in the closet and put the dirty ones in the hamper?” I note there are zero clothes in the dirty clothes hamper.

“Yeah, I did!  They’re in the closet!” He’s trying to be proud of himself but guilt is written all over his face!

“But did you fold them all up and put them away or did you shove them into closet on the floor?”

“Shoved them on the floor…nooOOOOoooo, you (I) fold them all up!”

“Really?  If I looked in your closet do you think I would think they are folded up and put away?”

“No… Yeeessss!” He sits in front of the door to make sure I cannot open it.

“Can I see?”

“No!  You cannot open the door. Parents are not allowed!” He’s sprawling even more over the floor space in front of the closet door, sweat starts forming on his forehead, and I think, just maybe, his nose might have grown a little bit in the last 5 minutes!

Who is it that says kids with autism can’t lie, aren’t able to think about something from someone else’s point of view?

Sometimes I really wonder if some of this stuff is really true, or if it is just that they aren’t able to communicate in a way that demonstrates all they understand.

Either way, I had a lot of fun with Dash on this, wondering what he would say and do.  It was such a typical kid sort of thing to do.

And such a typical grown-up sort of thing to do.

I wonder how silly we look when we try to hide things from God, or give him a partial truth. We know he knows all things, yet we still keep some stuff wrinkled and shoved under the shelves in the closet, pretending that if we just ignore it, it will go away.

Kind of like Adam & Eve…  (Gen 3:11)  Did they really think they could get away with not telling the whole truth?

Psalm 139

“1 O LORD, you have searched me
and you know me.

2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.

3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.

4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O LORD.”

In some ways it is scary to have all thoughts known… I mean, he even knows those thoughts.

On the other hand, it is a wonderful thing to be known so completely, lies and faults included,  and yet accepted 100%.

To be regarded as the “apple of his eye (Deut 32:10, Zech 2:8)

I wonder if Adam and Eve realized that in as much as they desired that apple in the garden, that God desired them and even more so?

I wonder if we realize that too.

I wonder how we would act differently if we deeply understood the kind of passion the Father has for us, newly each day as we awake?

Psalm 139

“17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!”

And when I wake up, you are still with me!

How do you imagine your days would be different?


  1. fiona2107 said,

    October 24, 2010 at 8:13 AM

    Oh Merri, I laughed so hard at this!
    Only last week I tried to tell God a “half-truth” myself.
    Yeah, I know…….. what was I thinking???
    I turned up some Chris Tomlin on the stereo trying to ease my guilty conscience and then He said to me “While I appreciate the Christian music that you are filling you home with, you know that you haven’t been entirely honest with me and you won’t drown me out Fiona”
    Great post Merri (as always)
    Silly me!

    • Merri Lewis said,

      October 24, 2010 at 8:23 AM

      Funny Fi! I so wish I could have video recorded the entire event. I am still laughing every time I think of it- his squirming and searching for the right words were priceless! Love the music-drowning-out-God idea too 🙂 !!!

  2. betsy said,

    October 24, 2010 at 2:51 PM

    Can’t help but smile at this cute story. 🙂

    My guys are nonverbal, so they don’t lie…but….they certainly sneak around when they think I’m going to catch them at something and they can have a very guilty look on their faces! LOL!

    • Merri Lewis said,

      October 24, 2010 at 3:00 PM

      Ha ha! I can imagine the expressions on their faces 🙂 There is something very innocently (sometimes) irresistible about kids with autism being sneaky :0)

  3. alienhippy said,

    October 24, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    All I can say is……”I am SOOOOO happy that the wonderful FI, told me about your blog, yippy…I’m doing my happy dance!!!”
    Hello…it’s Alienhippy AKA Lisa, I really love your blog and probably would never have found it because my dyslexia stops me from scanning, so I tend not to look around too much.
    You came to visit my blog, I recognised your name but I didn’t know you’d got a blog and I couldn’t follow a link because I couldn’t find one….ok, I’ve stopped babbling now, the excitement has calmed down, a bit……hehehe
    I have only read this post so far, but the good thing is I read it… ALL the way through. That’s really good, my dyslexic filter didn’t kick in and I love scripture and applying scripture to daily life is absolutely wonderful…….Oh I’m so very excited. I need to add you to my blog roll and subscribe straight away.
    Love and hugs. Lisa. xx

    • Merri Lewis said,

      October 24, 2010 at 11:09 PM

      I am so glad your found it, and that Fi told you about it! One day, we all need to find a way to meet in person–could prove a bit difficult considering how spread out across the globe we are, but it would be so neat! You have a happy dance too? My littlest (5) has an ultimate happy dance, I mean, it is intense! I love it :0). I am so excited you have enjoyed the post! My dad has dyslexia too, so I can kinda understand how frustrating it must be! Good for you for continuing to persevere despite the difficulties!

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