I simply want to give a shout out to all the special parents taking care of special needs children, particularly those with autism. As we mark World Autism Awareness Day, I do so with pride. Our son Ross immediately comes to mind. We knew very little about autism before our son was diagnosed. What a ride it has been.
Today, we are better off for the pain. His diagnosis took us on a journey that neither of us were prepared for, but seven years later, here we are. We have had the privilege to see the world through his eyes. This has been an extraordinary experience. He says it, as he sees it. He has no time to judge others. He simply wants to make the world a better place through his artistic creations.
He loves fashion!
I waited a long time to hear “Rossi” say the word mom. About eight years to be exact. It was worth the wait, as he calls me, “my mama”😢. However, when he is summoning me to take pictures of his art for Instagram, he calls me, “mommy”. I have learnt that it does not matter if your child does not communicate like the rest of the world. Language is not just speech, it is also love. Throughout the years we developed our own language in our household.
It’s not uncommon for us to be afraid of discovering someone who is different from us. But when we explore and interact with people who are different, that is how we learn. Today, I am a better woman and mother because I made it my business to see the world through the eyes of our son who has autism. I stopped trying to make him see the world through my eyes. When I tried that approach I realized that autism was one aspect of our son’s life, not his entire being.
Basia aka Slayer