Posted by margaret
on May 24, 2000 at 04:51:43:
All I ever needed to know...... I learned from my autistic child.
All I ever needed to know my child I learned from you. I know that I
should not worry about what other people think, or what will happen
tomorrow, or what happened yesterday. I learned to smile at the little
things, and to look closer at the beauty around me. I learned that life
is not what I wanted it to be, but it's better than I could have imagined
because of you.
I learned that people are different, and different is good, that having
rules and things in order is not a bad thing, in fact it's comforting in
an odd sort of way. I learned that loving someone who may not love you
back, teaches humility, and a sort of gut wrenching joy. And that when
that person smiles and looks you in the eye you take it, for what it's
worth . . . you take it, and smile back.
I learned that grown men can cry, and mother's can be strong.
I learned to have confidence in my own convictions, and not to lean too
hard on others, for there will be times when we have to walk alone. I
learned the value of prayer, alone at night or in a crowded shopping
center when your child has run away, and you don't know where to look for
I learned how to sit back and do nothing, just sit and hold someone and
listen to their breathing. I found out that baths can be the most
terrifying thing and that I need to use those eyes in the back of my
head. I learned that children are all the same, and yet so very
different. They cry, laugh, squeal, and play, but some do those things
for very different reasons. Some children never talk, but they speak
volumes with their eyes, and with their tiny hands. I learned that each
day is to be treasured, each child is to be loved. That some days, its
all fight fight fight, until the battle is over for the day. The war
will never end though. . . the war on ignorance and prejudice. I
learned to take life one small step at a time. It is but for a moment
that we are here, too soon you will be grown. We must sit together in
the moonlight and watch the stars go by.
All I ever needed to know. . . I learned from you. About life, about
love, and most of all, about who I am, and how much I can give.
C. Sally Meyer.
Autism is not the end of the world. . . .
just the beginning of a new one
Just open your eyes. . . . .and see