Was one of the first reactions I got. Including the curiosity to know more about autism. Mixed with denial, because fully acknowledging, would be equivalent to admitting ones past failures. They were not a bit surprised, that I am autistic. Being over forty and revealing to your parents, that you got a diagnosis for highfunctioning autism is a weird and challenging task to do. It´s probably not going to change much or be extremely helpful, but I am glad that I told them.