1. Lisa
    January 13, 2014 @ 2:11 pm

    I am a long-ago friend of Elaine. I love your blog and how it connects me with this wonderful family from my past. I have a nephew with autism and also love your blog for the insight it gives me into him and also what my sister and brother-in-law experience. Thank you. : )


  2. Dawn Prochovnic
    January 13, 2014 @ 4:12 pm

    This is gorgeous. Thank you so much for these words. I’ve shared via my own social media outreach and would love to interview you for my blog. Let me know if you’d ever be interested. http://www.dawnprochovnic.com .


  3. Lisa
    January 13, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

    Now that I am the grandmother (Mem) of a typical (whatever that means….in my opinion, each child is like no other) 2 year old granddaughter, i truly understand that being a grandparent is so very special. I have learned how absolutely wonderful it is to see this beautiful soul grow and learn, and experience joy as only a child can. I don’t have the responsibility of possibly messing her up, which was always on my mind when I was raising her momma and aunties. Grandparents have the most wonderful position….whatever diagnosis their beautiful grandchild has. We simply get to watch in amazement, share every new achievement however large or small, knowing exactly how much they struggled, and love. Just love them for them. 2 years ago Jack asked me how old my grandmother was when she died. She was 88. I was 32. It was too soon but now I know the exact place in my heart that she filled. I have a small child keeping that place warm. Maybe that’s all that grandparents need to start with. Love.


  4. Claudia
    January 13, 2014 @ 8:14 pm

    As a grandmother I understand unconditional love, a hug means so much!


  5. Jessica
    January 16, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    Beautiful article. My mother has passed away but I know she would have been wonderful with my autistic son. I feel he really misses out not having her in his life. Cherish involved grandparents because you are very lucky to have them.


  6. Kate
    January 16, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

    What a wonderful way with words you have. Tears in my eyes 🙂


  7. Missy
    January 18, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

    Yes. I love your words here, friend. They are kind to the memories and true for the future.


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