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Autism, Thank You for Giving Me Space to Parent Differently

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Dear Autism,

I wanted to take a minute to say thank you. Thank you for giving me permission to parent my kids differently than “they” all think we parents “should” do things.

Thank you for allowing me to search for opportunities to take classes on being a better parent. It’s not often you get to go to school to be a mom, but because of you, I get to take classes on a lot of different subjects. I think it’s made me a better parent, wife and person. As a bonus, most of these courses are covered by the government here in Ontario.

Thank you most for showing me pure happiness. One of the best things about autism is that it is honest and true. I get to see, feel and enjoy total bliss. It’s wonderful and contagious.

Thank you for opening my heart and allowing me to ask for help. I’ve met so many wonderful people along this journey. I feel blessed and thankful 80 percent of the time, which is a real gift.

Thank you, Autism. I never knew I wanted to meet you, but I’m a better person for having done so.



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Originally published: March 11, 2015
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