Three Very Different Boys at a Park

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At the park last night, one of these boys played with boys his own age. He went up the slide and scaled the jungle gym like an acrobat.
One of these boys chased after the older boys. They tickled him and he loved the attention. He went down the slide a hundred times and said…’mommy watch this!’
The other boy felt the mulch with his fingers, went down the slide twice because his mom asked him too, and spent the majority of his time tapping the metal garbage can and giggling at the loud noise it made. He loves noises. He also loves driving his parents crazy with noises.
One spoke about a recent hockey tournament. One mimicked the older boys. One only said one word…’H-O-M’ when he was done.
All three boys were greeted by friends. All three boys waved goodbye. All three had a wonderful time.
I read a quote tonight…’it takes courage to be yourself in a world where you are constantly told that who you are isn’t enough. Being yourself is the biggest gift you can offer the world.’
I think a really important lesson that I learned raising three very different boys is…happiness looks different for everyone. And one person’s happiness is not less than the others.
Before autism, I’m not sure that I really understood that. I do now. And I’m thankful for that.

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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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