See those eyes? Those are the eyes of my son. One of the joys of my life. A piece of my heart. A tear on my cheek. A pep in my step. A deep in my breath.
Those eyes belong to a boy, becoming a man who just happens to be on the autism spectrum. The autism journey is unique to each person-thus the spectrum and challenge.
I started writing two years ago with the goal of publishing a book. Well, I guess that could still be the goal – but the truth is there are too many hoops. So many hoops to jump through. This week I had four families contact me through friends. This person wanted advice about exercise. Another wanted advice about transitions. Yet another on emotional meltdowns. The final? Just needed to cry. The mom needed to just cry. To say the words that are forbade, ‘I just wish he was normal.’ Gasp, go ahead, do it. Any parent that has a child with any special needs hates those words and yet every once in awhile they creep through our lips.
That was the moment. The moment that I decided this writing could not wait ANY LONGER.
Our story may be completely like yours, it may be a bit like yours,or it may be nothing like yours. Regardless – I hope the stories and ideas provide help, guidance, and solace to those whose lives have been affected by autism. Yes, I mean affected – it’s not a thing that happens. It’s a thing that transforms an entire household and community of people.
My son is not disabled. He is differently abled. By my standards, perfectly abled. These mini-stories and resources are an ode to him. I chose 366 days as a theme because of leap year. What a strange, unexplainable occurrence just like autism itself. Leap year isn’t wrong, we still ‘count’ it. But it’s just different. A child with autism isn’t wrong, just different. They have a little extra something…just like an extra day in the year.
I commit right now, one story or resource every day. No matter how busy or tired I am…because this boy that is my heart, my tear, my pep, my breath – he deserves it.
He amazes me every day. Here are 365 more stories…