Why I Don’t Wish My Brother’s Autism Would Disappear


Dear Autism,

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 9.49.39 AM First of all, I’d like to say that you light up my world. You’ve made my brother, Harry, the way he is, and I’d like to thank you for that. Because of you, I’ve gotten to know Harry better as a person, and I’ve learned to accept him for who he is.

In addition to teaching me acceptance, you’ve also taught me what being unique is all about. Even though Harry has a harder time learning than I do, doesn’t understand a lot of things and acts differently than I do, he’s just like any other person. He wants others to love him, he wants to make new friends, and most all, he wants to have fun. Harry is lucky because he’s surrounded by people who love him unconditionally. He deserves to live a long and happy life.

Despite your many pros, you also have some cons. Sometimes, Harry uses anger to solve his problems because he doesn’t quite understand how to solve his problems in a proper manner. But most of the time, Harry views the world as a burst of light. I wish I could view the world the way he does. I remember when we were in high school together, Harry would greet everyone he knew, no matter what clique he or she was in. A moment from his high school days that brought me tears of joy was when he received his Senior Superlative: “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day.” That showed me the students at our high school not only accept him — they also treat him just like everybody else.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for showing me to never judge a book by its cover. My brother is different, but that doesn’t mean he can’t have the same opportunities as everyone else. He’s capable of having a career doing what he loves (a librarian) and of learning to do things on his own.

Autism, you have some flaws, but in the end, my life would not be the same without you. So, can you please do me one big favor? Don’t disappear. Harry, my love for you will always be unconditional. I couldn’t ask for a better brother.

Love,

Caroline

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