As You Are: An Open Letter to My Son

Callum planting one on his pesky big sister for the very first time.

Today, I am honored to be guest posting on Childswork/Childsplay.  Some of my favorite bloggers are regular writers for Childswork/Childsplay, so I was thrilled to be asked.  :)

And, if you will be so kind as to remember Callum in your thoughts and prayers, I would greatly appreciate it.  He is hospitalized right now for abdominal pains and tummy troubles.  It’s been a long night for us both and hard on this mama’s heart to watch him suffer.  

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Dear Son,

I don’t know if you will ever be able to read this.  I don’t know that one day you won’t be able to read books of all kinds and share your thoughts with me.  You are only three years old and are mostly non-verbal.  You are autistic – which means you are affected by a neurological condition that impacts communication and processing.  At this point, much of your behavior is influenced by autism.

But here’s the thing.  Every human soul enters this world with a personality that is unique.  And, although you certainly will change between infancy and adulthood, the part of you that is you is apparent from the start.  Yes, autism is an inseparable part of who you are.  But it isn’t all of you, baby.

Most children are loved by their parents.  That is the birthright of every human being.  But not every child is liked by her parents.

Continued…

6 thoughts on “As You Are: An Open Letter to My Son

  1. Christy Cothron

    LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!! This is probably my most favorite so far. Except for the one where you talk about your awesome friend, Christy. That is, of course, my favorite. Love you lots!!!!

  2. Mama D

    Beautiful, Leigh. It’s easy to forget that our “different” children don’t always see the world the way others do, and how much courage it sometimes takes them to navigate it. Saying a prayer today for your little boy and his tummy, and for you to have the patience and grace to handle the situation. You already have the love…

  3. Luke

    Leigh,what can I say but just beautiful for Autisim does take some things from our beautiful children however it also brings some amazing gifts and reminds us of how special each individual is in this world of ours no matter how different we are.The one thing my beautiful boy has taught me is patience many have tried but it took my Autistic son to achieve it.I wish you and your son all the best on your future journey.
    Thankyou

    Luke

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