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  1. jaime
    September 10, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    That my friend, brought tears to my eyes! Leave it to Jack to come up with such a terrific idea!


  2. Dawn Kalgren
    September 10, 2012 @ 4:06 pm

    What a truly inspiration your story is. Thank you for writing this story. It touches my heart deeply. My daughter, Felicia, babysits for you, but I don’t know you. Thank you for sharing this.


  3. Fiona
    September 10, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    I think sometimes we are living the same life from your essays 🙂 I do believe you have seen one child with autism, you have seen one child with autism…but it is comforting when you see similarities.


    • ccariello
      September 14, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

      I love that line; “See one child with autism, you have seen one child with autism.” Just beautiful. Thank you for reading!


  4. Nancy
    September 11, 2012 @ 5:05 am

    Super!! And yeah for the Karate instructor for honoring Jack’s request!!


  5. Muffintopmommy
    September 13, 2012 @ 9:41 am

    I don’t blame Jack one bit for not wanting to play organized sports on the bumpy fields of Bedford! He has a valid point!

    Love the karate class! Do you think they’d notice if I slipped a few more boys in?


  6. Trish
    September 14, 2012 @ 9:19 pm

    Love this, Carrie. You’re a wonderful mom and a beautiful writer!


  7. Missindeedy
    September 15, 2012 @ 6:47 pm

    It’s the tender dad’s heart that takes a beating when watching their sons bump up against their limitations. In public places, especially. When my husband took my son to attempt basketball two years ago – they both left in tears. Sigh. Sweetboy takes Karate at the same studio! We, too, often hear “I’m not a sport kid” or “that field is too rough for me” type of phrases. We “encourage” one organized sport a year for the same reasons you mentioned. We’re living parallel lives a couple of streets over, I tell you. I’m just less 3 kidlets. 🙂


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    September 24, 2012 @ 9:18 am

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    November 25, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    […] Jack, as you can imagine, did not rally with the idea of no karate, because autism rarely rallies. Instead, he launched a two-hour siege that lasted until bedtime, and started again at precisely 6:02 this morning. He begged, he pleaded, he cried.  He screamed he would walk home if he had to, but he was GOING TO KARATE. […]


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