The face of autism lives in my home.
He is often confused.
He is rarely smiling.
He is dismayed by change.
He makes odd food choices.
He often shows a lack of understanding for the feelings of others.
He repeats things endlessly.
He has quirky habits.
He can be downright surly.
He is lit up by music.
He is gentle with babies.
He shows great compassion for visible suffering.
He occasionally shows great intuition.
He will entertain toddlers for hours with silliness.
He has a deep love of the Mass.
He has an innate piety.
He navigates a world he does not understand better than I could.
He is the child who made us parents.
He taught us so much.
He is the face of autism in our home.
Hey, you didn’t mention how handsome he is!!
Paula in MN says
I had to read this three times. You have described so many character traits of my son. I’m astounded. I never thought my son had Autism, but he does many of the things you wrote. How or where can I get more information?
Christine Volpe says
If I might add a few…
He can sure hug the bejeezes out of me!
His silliness is infectous;
He teaches young and old alike the meaning of compassion;
He has enriched the lives of all who know him in ways too numerous to list.
He brings us joy, too!
I have chills right now. Beautiful!!!
Tears here. Great post, Mary Ellen.
God bless that little man!
angela buffolino says
just awsome. touched
He’s beautiful! Thank you for sharing him with us.
Sweet boy, blessed Mama!
Maria C in VA says
Thanks for sharing Mary Ellen. I have goosebumps … so much like my daughter. God bless you!
‘A thing of beauty is a joy forever.’
Your son is beautiful.
God Bless! MaryEllen and thanks for reminding me that my son, who also has autism is truly a blessing!
Denise Reynolds-Laubacher says
Wow, I never knew, God bless him! My son that is 9, Mark, has autism as well. Loved your post!