1. the jay train
    January 23, 2017 @ 8:53 am

    Personally, I always smile and think “(S)He’s one of us.”
    I may or may not try to catch the parents eye so they can see the support in mine.


  2. Dottie Irwin Melko
    January 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am

    Oh you have spoken to my heart!! My grandson is 16 & awesome!!! But I remember the days he was a “runner”, & he banged his head so often he developed a bump on his forehead. He lives in video game land & movies, but he is mainstreamed in school, sings in the high school choir, & is loved by his classmates!! He looks no different than you & I. He will now smile at you then quickly look over your shoulder; about a minute of direct eye contact is all he can do, but you’ll never realize he’s not looking straight at you!! We too hold hands crossing the street. Or he walks very close to me where I can direct him with a nudge or a quiet comment.
    Questions I love to answer & he will answer you too. His answer is usually that yes he is autistic but it does not define him! Go Brandon!!


  3. qwietpleez
    January 23, 2017 @ 11:23 am

    Every word went straight to my heart . . . My boys, my oldest two, 24 and 27 – are autistic. They are men. Men who still call me mommy and hold my hand and need me in a way most men no longer need their mommas. People look, they form judgments, wrong ones. They, like your son, are amazing works of art I am proud to display. I wish everyone could see what I see, how each stroke, each color paints a picture of perfection, just a different kind of perfection they are used to ❤️


  4. andieq1950 Andrea Quintanilla
    January 23, 2017 @ 1:00 pm

    I tell people about my 12 year old grandson, who also has autism. How he has progressed through the years, because as soon as he was diagnosed at 2 and 1/2 he was put in school. He and us learned sign language, so we could communicate. Austin, TX has an excellent school program and through the years of speech therapy and other clases he now talks and is in regular classes. It has been a long and hard process and it will continue through the years. We love him and are very proud of him.


  5. Mary Beth Danielson
    January 23, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

    Today I wrote my response to you on my website. I read you every week – and every week I am reminded to turn off useless opinions about people in order to really see and pay attention to humans being human.



  6. Glenna Toyne
    January 23, 2017 @ 6:55 pm

    So beautifully written Carrie. X. When I see the Jacks of this world, yes, maybe at times I do look but it’s with love and concern. I want to wrap them up and take away all the hurt and confusion. I have seen a mothers face relax when I’ve offered a few understanding words.

    Today is the third year we have been without my beautiful grandson, he had Asperger syndrome, he was and is so very loved and like Jack, Interesting and funny and smart and handsome.

    Sending much love to you and your amazing family xxx


  7. Janet (grandmother) God Bless
    January 25, 2017 @ 12:35 pm

    I recently watched a Father and Mother at a gym to see a younger son play basket ball. Along with an older son with Autism. He stayed on his Dad’s lap as well as moms. About the age of my 17 yr grandson with autism. As much as they would have enjoyed the game their attention was all on the older boy. I looked over once or twice and admired they way they interacted with him. He played with moms hair and kept kissing his father and took up much of their attention. My heart went out to them and yet they were never unnerved by his actions. I thought of you and all the other parents God entrusted with their lives. What special people to be chosen. It is hard but the love, understanding, and courage from all of you is amazing. Once again God Bless you all.


  8. Carol Casavant
    January 25, 2017 @ 5:05 pm

    I love your posts…thank you…!!


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