It's not always easy to talk about autism and keep smiling. However, that is what Guylaine Guay manages to do in a remarkable way, while transmitting a little of her optimism to the parents.
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What we don't know is scary, and autism, for the uninitiated, can indeed attract some prejudices. From the outset, you may think that a book on autism promises to be heavy and painful to read. And yet, there is nothing heavy, nor the slightest bit of pity in Guylaine Guay's very beautiful book, Two boys with a mother. What is there, however, is truth and, indeed, if there was one word to sum up the story, it would surely be "honesty".
Deux enfants à la mère is a journey full of surprises and a fascinating incursion into the unique family of comedian and comedian Guylaine Guay, mother of twoautistic children. Indeed, as the author remarks herself, Guylaine Guay hit hard “at the lottery-probability”, since her two sons, Léo (13 years old) and Clovis (11 years old) are both autistic. Far from feeling sorry for his fate and that of hischildren, she uses humor beautifully and invites the reader to go with her, "back and forth on the planet of her children, her two little extraterrestrials".
Love and Humor
In the opening, Guylaine Guay warns her reader: her very avowed goal is to make her love her children and, from the first pages, we strongly suspect that she will succeed. It's because the tone with which she tells us her story gives it a certain lightness, and it quickly becomes impossible not to be touched by so much truth.
Guylaine Guay has a knack for saying things the way they are, even things you don't usually want to tell strangers. Moreover, the story opens with a stripper: “I never wanted children. She's not afraid of words, and that's fine.
We let ourselves be guided by the frank and dressed narration, through its ups and downs. She tells us with frankness and self-mockery the first joys of motherhood, but also the horrors of postpartum, until the announcement of the diagnosis of autism.
Services (or lack of)
It is therefore with joy that we let ourselves be transported into the universe of Leo and Clovis who do not understand the second degrees, and who do not really understand the jokes of their mother, comedian! The story is full of tasty anecdotes that allow us to touch the reality of autistic children. Thus, we take pleasure in imagining the faces of people, when they see aClovis darting down a bowling alley, with his t-shirt, My autism is not contagious, but my smile is!
But if Guylaine Guay has decided to take life with a touch of madness, she is still categorical: it is not easy to have children with disabilities. “I live a lot of business not fun. The social structure is horrible. But if I said every day that my life with my children is terrible - which it's not true anyway - the energy wouldn't flow as it should. The forces of good remain a principle of life for me, it is important to always stay in a positive zone. If the tone plays down, the message is nonetheless serious and important, and Guylaine Guay deplores the current structure of social services, which is "more disabling than the disability itself".
For those with a heart
If she wrote the book first for herself, she also did it to break the isolation of all the families who are going through the same thing. But above all, it is a book with a lot of heart, and which is addressed to all “those who have one. »
An inspiring story, Two Boys to a Mother takes a fresh look at a little-known condition. If the trip promises some turbulence, the trip is well worth it and, in the end, we come back with a desire to leave again. “I observe Leo and Clovis, and I notice that they are very good at happiness. I become by the same fact gifted for happiness, me too. »