Over the years, I’ve seen Adam and Christina grow as a couple and evolve as special needs parents. I’ve witnessed Max’ progress. I have cried for him. I have cheered for him. And I have hoped for him.
I know many autism parents refuse to watch Parenthood, “I live it, I don’t need to see it on TV.” And I get that. I do. But I am so grateful that Max’ character existed. I am grateful that the writers showed the ups and downs of raising a kid with autism. I am grateful that they showed their fight for acceptance in the school system. Because when people who don’t have kids with autism, watch Parenthood – they are more likely to understand my day-to-day.
I feel like I have walked this journey right alongside Adam, Christina and Max. I have felt all of their emotions. I have had to work through my own moments of accepting autism. And I’ve had my moments of pride and joy. And Max’ final scenes gives me something to hope for. Because when you’re an autism parent, hope is the thing you cling to.
What was your favorite moment of the Parenthood finale?