You guys. I’m speechless. I am constantly floored by you, my readers and commenters. You are all so wise and thoughtful. You blew my mind, this time in a good way, with your comments, emails, and tweets after my last post.
THIS is community. (And I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am constantly amazed by this community.)
THIS is why social media is powerful.
THIS is why social media really matters.
So many of you came out of the woodwork to give me moral support, stories about yourselves and your children, and some good ol’ solid practical advice—including ideas for places to find social groups for Jack as well as suggestions for proposals to take to Jack’s team at school.
I have heard from special needs parents, special educators, teachers, parents of typical kids, people without kids, and all combinations thereof. I also got comments from many of you who were previously lurking here. Thank you all. You lift me up. Your experience, wisdom, and just plain old kind words are amazing to read.
I am also especially pleased to see that I have readers with autism who like what I write. As a mother of a child with autism who will grow up to be an adult with autism, I am glad you appreciate what I say here. I want so badly to be respectful to Jack and his autism, so to hear from you on the spectrum means a great deal to me. Your presence here, and your words, are valuable and always welcome.
So thank you. There are a lot of reasons for me to write in this little space here, but you guys, all of you, are the biggest reason I keep coming back.
I want to say one more thing. Jack has a good team at his school. They are good to me and to him. Some of them, including at least one who I know reads here, I consider to be personal friends. I know they want what is best for Jack, but sometimes best intentions get lost in the shuffle of everyday life, work, and a busy day at school. I am going to take your ideas and mine to them and we will work something out for Jack. I know we will. We have to, right?