My Autistic Son Isn’t a Danger To Kids At McDonald's

What I want you to know about him

Scot Butwell
Human Parts

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My son in play structure with two girls at McDonald’s.
Author photo: My son at McDees.

My son and I are at McDonald’s. He is five years old, and I consider making up a phony excuse to tell him why we have to leave because the shrieks are more ear-piercing than usual. But he follows a boy into an opening in the play structure, and I ignore the voice telling me, this is not a good day to come to McDonald’s.

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Scot Butwell
Human Parts

I am embarrassing according to teenage son. My jokes are terrible and I don't know when to stop annoying my son. I am the dad of an autistic son. A funny kid.