Ryan's AWEnesty isn't always embarrassing, in fact sometimes he says what all of us born with filters want to say and it's down right enviable. Waiting too long in the doctor's office is a perfect example. When the doctors' staff overschedule the physicians the end result is waiting in the waiting room then being taken to the exam room to wait some more. We all think, inside our head or in a text message to a friend, "Why the blankety blank, blank do they threaten to charge us and reschedule our appointment if we are 15 minutes late, but it's ok for us to wait for an hour?". These moments are when The Last AWEnest Man comes in handy. Anytime Ryan has had to wait longer than he deemed acceptable, he spews recriminations as soon as the exam door opens and Ryan sees the whites of the doctor's eyes. "That took too long!"....."Where have you been?"...."I've been waiting forever!"...and my all time favorite...."I have better things to do than sit here all day!". The poor doctors don't even see it coming. Yes, those AWEnest , filter-less moments make up for the "ugly", "old", and "dumb" comments I get on a fairly regular basis.
Yes, Ryan and many kids on the autism spectrum are brutally AWEnest because AWEnestly, they don't know any other way to be. Unfortunately, this AWEnesty for kids with an ASD also means that they can't comprehend that others would not be AWEnest all the time and this leaves these kids very vulnerable. If a fellow classmate tells a child with an ASD that the teacher said it was okay to "share" the test answers, that AWEnest child is going to believe his classmate because lying doesn't even cross his mind. When that AWEnest child is brought to the principal for cheating, he won't understand what he did wrong. These kids rarely lie or cheat, they are AWEnest rule followers, which although those qualites would make them a fabulous President, it makes them prey to school yard bullies.
Just like there are so many things that come easily for Ryan, such as math, music, and science, the rules of when to be AWEnest and when to be socially or politically correct will never come naturally to him, but Ryan can be taught to tell you that your new haircut looks nice even though every fiber in his being wants to tell you it's ugly. Ryan would have been intrigued by Ben Franklin's experiment, but that still wouldn't have stopped him from yelling, "Yo dude, standing out in a thunderstorm flying a kite with a metal key attached makes you a freaking moron." Although Ben escaped unscathed, many others who have tried to duplicate his experiment were electrocuted. Those poor folks would have welcomed such words of wisdom from The Last AWEnest man.
A word to the wise, if you are having a bad hair day, a water retaining fat day or a makeup free au natural day, don't stop by our house for a visit. If, however, you want an AWEnest opinion about your new hair color, your new "eyeglasses" or if the Botox treatment recently injected in your brow line makes you look like a mannequin, I know someone who will tell it "like it is". As The Last AWEnest Man's mother, my skin is as thick as an alligator....and as wrinkled....so I've been told. I have learned that when I'm out of town and call home to talk to the kids, that when Kyle asks Ryan if he wants to talk to Mom and The Last AWEnest Man replies, "I know this is going to make me sound like an idiot, but not really", this is not a reflection of his love for me, it's just that Ryan believes that AWEnesty is not the best policy, it is the ONLY policy.