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I Wish Time Would Slow Down

Kate 9

This one and I needed some time together. At 9 years old he’s in that in between space where he will hold my hand but can run to the concession and grab his own soda.

He needs me but doesn’t fully.

He lays his head on me when he’s tired and uses his own hand to cover my eyes during the scary parts.

He’s not embarrassed of me. But also thinks I’m super old.

He loves his siblings fiercely. But asked today if we could go to the movies just the two of us.

We went a little overboard with popcorn, candy, and pop. And now our tummy’s hurt a bit. But it was worth it.

I work really hard to speak to each of my children’s hearts. To give them time and attention. To remind them each that they are so important to me.

This afternoon I was reminded how big he is getting. And how I wish time would slow down just for a second. It’s going too fast.

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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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