1. Amelia
    August 21, 2017 @ 7:43 am

    Hi Carrie, thank you, as always, for writing with so much beauty and love. I read something recently about using the word “sorrow” to describe the ongoing grieving process when life doesn’t play out as advertised. I thought of it when I read your thoughts. Everything you said here makes sense. Thank you for sharing.


  2. Quyen Le
    August 21, 2017 @ 7:59 am

    Very true and very beautiful


  3. Rafael
    August 22, 2017 @ 7:20 am

    Hello Carrie,

    I have three children and my youngest one who is 3 has autism. He is a beautiful boy. I read your post today and as a father I have those same thoughts you pointed out today. I want to hug my child with him not being uncomfortable, but I understand why he does it and I accept it. Sometimes he let me kiss him and sometimes he hugs me even though is hard for him. I learned not to force him because I know why it’s so hard for him. Sometimes I hug him and kiss him when he’s sleeping. But I know how you feel, I felt like that for 2 years when I didn’t know my boy has autism and I couldn’t figure out why there was something missing. My wife and I have our ups and downs like any family in our situation. This is so hard, but I thank God that my son is high functioning. I feel so bad for families who children are not high functioning and non-verbal. I pray for them every day.




  4. Susie vanderKooij
    August 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am

    Oh Carrie I feel for you, thank you for sharing!!


  5. terismyth
    August 23, 2017 @ 9:10 pm

    Again, you have touched my heart. I feel you. I’ve been there. It’s really hard to know what my son is thinking since he doesn’t tell me much.
    I’m sure your father would have loved your boy.
    Take it a day at a time and never give up on Jack. Someday he will amaze you with qualities that you don’t find in most men. Mine has. And I’m a proud mom.


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