Dear nice mom at the park,
We really aren’t crazy! And we really aren’t stalkers, we promise! Forgive our excitement and over-zealous requests for your email address. You see, we noticed a connection between our children. You probably didn’t even pick up on it. It was short-lived and consisted of little more than a few quick chases around the monkey bars. But it was the closest our son has come to showing true interest in a peer.
To us it represents just a spark… just a glimmer of something we have been praying and working for since our son was diagnosed with Autism four long years ago. True friendship has eluded him so far in his young life, and we want that so badly for him.
It hurts us to our core to see kids approach our son playfully only to be ignored as he entertains himself in his own little world. But it hurts worse to see those kids give up and stop approaching him because they receive no reciprocation.
For some reason your child didn’t give up. For some reason your child hung around. For some reason your child made a connection with him. That makes your child our new hero.
Jerry is a Jersey Dad and also blogs at http://baconandjuiceboxes.blogspot.com. You can also follow him on Twitter @JTurning and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bacon-and-Juice-Boxes/320474061331829
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