22 January 2019 | angenwayne889
Poignant, funny and real.
I'm at a loss for words to review this series but I simply must.
I have no experience with autism personally but my child is severely disabled with special needs. I could relate so well to the general theme of parenting a special needs child that it really touched a nerve.
Watching Hynes portray the pregnancy, the early stages of bonding and a special needs mother's isolation - especially the scene at a reading/singing group - were parts that I could relate to so fully it broke my heart. I cried and cried.
But there are so many laughs in there too. The opening of episode one where they end up driving Rosie to the park is brilliant. People on the outside of these situations just don't realise how the smallest tasks with a special needs child can seem like moving the earth. And if we didn't laugh at these struggles sometimes, we would undoubtedly lose our minds. It all becomes so "normal" eventually that what might seem shocking to someone else is completely run of the mill for us!
This series should be so enlightening to someone with no connection to a family coping with a life like this day to day. I recommend it to so many people for them to get an insight into my families highs and lows - and other families for that matter.
For so many of us, this is real life and the series is perfect for raising awareness of another taboo subject.
Hynes and Tennant do an outstanding job.
It's brilliant. Watch it.