My Promise to my Son

My son, I have never met a person who works as hard as you just to live in this world.

I think so often we forget that this place simply doesn’t make sense to you. Or kids like you. You like and need things different than the norm. It’s too loud, too bright, too smelly. It’s crowded and overwhelming. And people just don’t understand you.

They don’t take the time to listen or see you or understand. But every single day, you persist. You try. You practice. You adapt. You are the definition of resilient. Strong. Fearless really. You learn what we don’t do and what we are supposed to do. You never give up trying. Every day with a smile.

You are trying to learn the language. Trying to say the words. Like no, help, stop and Cooper.

Do you know that mommy picked safety words first. Words that I want you to scream if needed or if someone pushes to hard. I will give you the words to stand up for yourself. To defend yourself. To be heard.

I may not say it enough kid. I have never been more proud of anything in my life than I am of you right now. Watching you try to speak. 8 am on a Friday morning.

This is my promise to you my sweet boy.

I will always be here. I will be your voice, your cheerleader, your advocate and the biggest pain in your butt. Because, I will never stop pushing. Not when they gave you a diagnosis, added half a dozen more on, and not when you are 10, 18 or 25. I’m in it for the long haul kid.

I will walk in front of you as long as you need me too, paving the way. I will change the world for you and other kids like you. I promise you that. Acceptance and understanding will happen in our lifetime.

Then, someday, I will walk next to you. Hand in hand. I will watch you grow up. Venturing out into the world. With me by your side. I’ll help you navigate this all.

And hopefully someday, I will walk behind you. I’ll be here in case you need me. To do the tasks that are too hard. To be your constant. To carry your treasures. To tie your shoes and drive you to see your trains.

You are an inspiration kid. I know you don’t see it that way. You are just being you.

But from where I sit…kid, you are everything.

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