My name is Kelly Jude Melerine and I’m a stay at home dad of a teenage boy with autism named Cade. I quit my job in banking following an extremely rough phase with him. Since then I’ve become a jack of all trades just to pay the bills. I juggle many tasks so that I may keep a flexible schedule and continue my daily focus on my son. My wife Julee maintains her job as an office manager. Her job provides additional income for the family as well as medical benefits. My son has made tremendous progress with me at home but it’s a constant struggle. However, it’s a struggle that I will gladly face for him each day.

I decided to set up a blog in hopes of helping others in similar situations. A couple weeks ago I made the first step by establishing the blog. I just haven’t been very motivated to write anything since then. Well it is now 1:26 am and Cade has been spitting non-stop for the past hour and a half. In addition to autism Cade suffers from migraines and with his limited verbal abilities he doesn’t quite know how to say how badly he feels. I finally got him to take a bath a few minutes ago. A warm bath tends to help comfort him. I’m just waiting for the pain reliever to kick in so that my buddy gets back to his usual giggly self.

So why the title “Squeeze the Spaceman’s Taco?” I am not sure what it means but it’s a phrase Cade says and then cracks up laughing. And when Cade cracks up, I crack up. It’s really a beautiful thing. There are many other unique phrases of his and I’ll tell you about them one day. Life with Cade is anything but boring.

I now hear him saying happy phrases. “Happy,” by the way is a word that I’m not allowed to use. I’ll tell you about that one day as well. These “H” word phrases are signs that his pain has subsided and my giggly buddy is back. There are certain things that Cade says when he’s feeling bad and certain things he says when he’s feeling good. These phrases may appear to be of little to no significance. However, in my son’s world they mean everything. I hope you enjoy this journey into Cade’s world. Autism has many sides and I intend to share them all with you; the good and the bad. Now off to get him to bed and hopefully we all get some sleep.