Wild Ones

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Some kids are just mischievous.


All words we choose instead of naughty.

They see a puddle and have to jump in it.

A glass of water and have to dump it.

A counter and have to climb it.

They see a toy and immediately want to know how it works. How it’s wired. Taking it apart becomes vital. What’s it made of they think.

They see mail and need to know what’s inside. A package becomes a possibility. It could be a Nerf gun or a monster truck or ice cream. They must know.

A box becomes a fort.
A blanket becomes a cape.

Their brains are wired differently.
Their jeans have holes in them.
Knees have scrapes.
Shoes are worn out.

They are covered in bandaids.
They never stop talking.

They can’t sit still.
Their moms and dads never sit down.

Because a couch is for jumping.
A counter for climbing.
Pillows for throwing.

Water. They always find water.

Some kids are just wild.
Born to be the builders, the mess makers, the taker aparters.

Do everything you can to not break their spirit. Because it’s something to be treasured.

There is no use fighting it. These wild ones.

Just foster their strengths. Their ambitions.

And keep them safe until they can run free.

That’s the hope.

And keep them alive.

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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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