Two Brothers

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Back in the beginning, when the folder was slid across the table, and the words ‘severe nonverbal autism’ were said out loud…

I remember wishing for a crystal ball. I wanted to know what the future held for my boy. His brother. Our family.

I begged. I pleaded. I bargained. I prayed.

For a glimpse.

This is the one I wish I could have seen.

Right here.

A moment in time. In the peace from the chaos.

Two brothers.

Two years apart.

One verbal. One not. One on track. One proudly marching to his own drum.

I glanced back. Checking on my boys.

They didn’t seem to need me though.

They were taking care of each other.

It all has a way of working out. The hard. The scary. The worrisome. The unknown.

It. Just. Works out. In its own space and time.

Two brothers.

‘I’ll hold him mom. I have him. Don’t worry. He’s happy with me holding onto him.’

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Kate Swenson

Kate Swenson lives in Minnesota with her husband Jamie, and four children, Cooper, Sawyer, Harbor and Wynnie. Kate launched Finding Cooper's Voice from her couch while her now 11-year-old son Cooper was being diagnosed with autism. Back then it was a place to write. Today it is a living, thriving community of people who want to not only advocate for autism, but also make the world a better place for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her first book, Forever Boy, will be released, April 5, 2022.

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