1. candidkay
    December 18, 2017 @ 11:44 am

    Oh, you made me cry on a Monday morning:). I so thought this story was going to end another way. I LOVE–LOVE, LOVE, LOVE–that this person had the wisdom and understanding to engage Jack. And I send you, as I always do, virtual hugs for the job you do and the love you share.


  2. whitney
    December 18, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

    I love this story. I am a mother raising a boy on the spectrum and like you I wanted to “fix” my son when I got the diagnosis. But I am so glad you see how truly far your son has come. Do not underestimate him or the kindness in this world. His is learning so much just at a slower and different pace. I think autistic people are wonderful, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful to raise a kid that is so very different from the “norm”. He is fortunate to have such a large family to help guide him with how most people think and feel. My brother has Aspergers and I likely fall somewhere on the spectrum as well. My brother now at 30 has the social maturity of a 20 year old, but he is now independent and happy. I want you to know that I never fit in with other women b/c I had zero interest in socializing. I meet my husband in highschool and I am happiest being with him and our 2 sons. I love watching others have fun and hanging around the periphery, but I have no desire to join in. I am a physician and have to see many patients a day. That amount of socializing wears me out and I come home drained. The OCD and anxiety with our children is so very hard and the very slow to learn speech with our kids is scary, but rest assured with the social skills, that there are many people in life that are truly happy just to watch and don’t need or want to join in. I love reading blogs from parents whose children are on the spectrum. Thank you for this, it helps me feel not alone in my worries for my child.


  3. jonicorcoran
    December 18, 2017 @ 4:29 pm



  4. Kim Black
    December 18, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    Sounds like you need to watch more often!

    I can’t imagine having to tell everyone that Jack has autism. Even the most sheltered people should be able to recognize simple signs of autism.

    And everybody should be nice!! A child or adult with behaviors that are not the norm shouldn’t have to be apologized for to everybody.

    Do unto others!


  5. Becky Armstrong
    December 19, 2017 @ 9:32 am

    This too made me cry! I am reading a book called Leadership and Self-Deception by the Arbinger Institute. It was designed for companies but should be read by all individuals. It shows us how we often look at others as objects rather than people, and it gives excellent examples that make the reader see we have all been guilty of this. How touching that this swimmer looked at Jack and saw a precious boy enjoying the water!


  6. International Autism Ministry
    December 29, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    Wow, wow, wow, another awesome story from you about your family. I have been there and you made me cry too, thanks!


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