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  1. Whit
    May 25, 2020 @ 10:00 am

    I really liked this Joey. You sound like you have perspective on life to me. My youngest son is autistic and my oldest son sounds a lot like you. He is kind and smart but lacks motivation. You understand life more than many adults growing up in a special needs family. I just want both of my sons to be happy. Life can be too stressful and you will find your way. It is ok to feel lost and unmotivated. Adults do to at times too. You are great and enjoy your summer.

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  2. jonicorcoran
    May 25, 2020 @ 10:10 am

    You can are at great writer like your mother. I think your voice is important as a sibling of a special needs kid. Keep expressing yourself!

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  3. Jodi Levin
    May 25, 2020 @ 10:12 am

    What a beautiful and insightful essay, Joey. I appreciate it as a parent, a mother of a teenager on the spectrum and — with odd specificity — as a college essay coach, who works with students exactly your age. Although a lot of kids procrastinate writing their essays because they just don’t love to write, I’ve never before had to motivate a student in a more global way. But I’m pretty sure the anxiety and dislocation you describe will emerge with this year’s group of rising seniors, so your insights are incredibly helpful. (Did you know there’s a new optional section on the Common App about Covid-19?) I hope that although your canvas seems blank and endless right now, you understand that these intertwined emergencies will end — they always do — and life will go on. That canvas will fill to bursting with color and noise and mysteries to unfold. This is your generation’s story to tell, and a writer as gifted as you are will find the right words. Best of luck to you as you conclude a tough junior year and tilt toward “what’s next.” I promise you will get there.

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  4. Ryan Kerr
    May 25, 2020 @ 10:24 am

    Thank you for sharing. It helps to understand a different perspective.

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  5. Scott Wilcox California, dad to a special kid
    May 25, 2020 @ 12:53 pm

    Thanks, Joey

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  6. Maureen
    May 25, 2020 @ 2:11 pm

    You don’t have anything to stress about in regards to your future. You’re clearly an intelligent, insightful, empathetic young man who has an incredible ability to express yourself. This is not necessarily something you learn in school but through life experiences like now.
    It’s okay not to know what you want to be or what major you want to pursue in college, it will present itself in time.
    You have a gift as a writer. Keep jotting your thoughts down even if you don’t publish them and who knows you may discover your true passion.

    P.S. I for one would love to read your experience growing up as the eldest of five and older brother of Jack.

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  7. Sandra Godwin
    May 25, 2020 @ 2:14 pm

    Beautiful post by a beautifully perceptive teenager written to a special mother.

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  8. Stephanie
    May 26, 2020 @ 6:26 am

    Just beautiful. Thanks for your willingness to be vulnerable, and open a question window into the silence.

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    • Stephanie
      May 26, 2020 @ 6:45 am

      Ugh… “open a window”

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  9. Peg
    May 26, 2020 @ 11:31 am

    Well written, a very good insight into what you are feeling through all of this.

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  10. Tracy
    May 26, 2020 @ 12:59 pm

    Joey…I hope you continue writing when you come back. Your words of wisdom are powerful, inspiring and profound. You have a gift.

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  11. Jennifer
    May 28, 2020 @ 11:00 pm

    I appreciate your perspective more than you will ever know….

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  12. sagemtnmom
    May 29, 2020 @ 5:29 pm

    Joey you have a gift for writing. Thank you for putting words to what so many are experiencing. I have shared this with all my colleagues and my students- and my friends who have teens. Hang in there. It will get better and when we are all back, it will be bright minds and strong spirits like your who will lead the way.

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  13. jillygirl5
    May 29, 2020 @ 7:28 pm

    This really touched me Joey. Well done. I appreciate how truthful your voice was. It helped me understand what might be happening for my 16 year old son. Thank you!

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