I’ll Be There For You

After my son Harper and I lay down, he always requests a song. He will say “sing!” Then he will name a certain song.

Lately, it has been the “Friends” song. Yep, you heard right…the theme song from the show, Friends. He is definitely his Mama’s child!

He would prefer the whole song, but I normally just do the chorus. Tonight was different. Tonight, I sang the whole song.

As he drifted off to sleep, I caught myself really listening to the words. Tonight, as I lay there singing my sweet boy to sleep…I couldn’t help but think of how true they are for us.

“I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour, I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before, I’ll be there for you…. because you’re there for me too.”

The part that I sing 50 times every night. Tonight, it got me. As I kept singing, the tears began to flow.

“No one could ever know me, no one could ever see me, seems you’re the only one who knows, what it’s like to be me, someone to face the day with, make it through all the rest with, someone I’ll always laugh with, even at my worst, I’m best with you.” 

Harper and I are a team. I am his person and he is mine. I am stronger because of him.

These words are so true because I know that I am his safe space.

His home.

His happy.

His sad.

His everything.

And he is mine. 

I often think of what our life would be like without Autism, what his life would be like. But when I start to go down that rabbit hole…I snap myself out of it real quick because our life is amazing. 

He works so hard…so dang hard. I am so proud of the awesome little boy that he is becoming and the progress that he makes everyday. 

He is everything I didn’t know I needed.

There is so much beauty in Autism. There’s also a lot of struggles and bad days but the good definitely outweighs the bad. 

Do yourself a favor, and turn on Friends. Sing to your kid. Really take the time to soak up the beautiful moments. Sometimes you have to look for them, but they are always there. 

Oh, and season 6, episode 17 is the best!

Written by, Sarah Bybee

My name is Sarah Bybee and I am the mom to a precious five year old little boy, Harper. He was diagnosed with ASD shortly after his 3rd birthday. My husband, Jamie, and I both own our own businesses, and are on the go at all times! From speech, to school, to work, to juggling normal everyday life… things get crazy at the Bybee house! I also just recently started a Facebook page about our Autism journey, Harper Himself. I am so blessed to be a part of this amazing community!

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