My Daughter’s College Essay About Her Brother With Autism Brought Me to Tears


When my daughter, Lauren, left for college in August, it was hard on all of us, but I think it was the hardest for her little brother, Dominic.

She’s been there for him since he was born. The separation for the two of them has been difficult at times, but I’ve raised both to be strong people, and they’re coping as best as they can. Lauren took a freshman writing class this past semester, and her grade was based on her portfolio of three writing assignments. A few months ago, she asked me if it was OK if she wrote about Dominic for one of the three assignments. I was curious what she would write, and I saw a rough draft but hadn’t seen the finished product. Until yesterday. Anybody got a case of tissues? Wow, my sweet daughter blew me away. These particular sentences were so heartwarming to hear as a mom:

The lessons of patience and understanding that I’ve learned from Dominic are invaluable, and he truly proves society’s assumptions wrong. Dominic is different from other kids his age, but he carries extraordinary importance in my life. Dominic does have autism, but that is just part of who he is. Mostly, he is just like any other typical 10-year-old little brother and still does a lot of the mischievous behaviors that little brothers do. Although getting my little brother to where he is now has certainly been a journey, I would not change him for the world.

Hey, I thought I was the writer in this family. She definitely has a way with words, doesn’t she? By the way, Lauren found out a few days ago that she got an “A” on her writing portfolio! Yahoo!

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