Well, he will always be my baby boy. My youngest child. Today he turns 13! I can’t believe my big baby boy is 13! Where did the time go? I swear he was just born yesterday…
This baby was going to be a breeze because I had all the answers. His sister had been the one I practiced and learned on so I had this down pat. I knew it ALL!
Then, my boy arrived. He was going to be his own unique self right from the start.
His favorite word is “Why?” – Why do we do things this way? Why can’t we do something else? Why is the earth round? Why does the sun shine? Why are we here?
Even as I sat next to him today as we ate our breakfast, he was questioning me about modern books and movies and how I thought they compared to the past. As he theorized why he felt they were watered down – “Much of our modern popular books and movies are geared toward the Young Adult genre. Where in the past Young Adults were expected to read the more complex stories and language in the books for adults.” He makes me think and ponder the thoughts of life, all day long.
I am a better mom and person because of him. He doesn’t let me stop at ordinary. He wants the extraordinary of himself and others. He wants to see your best self whatever that may be. Not the one you present to the world but who you really are. That is where he is always thinking about the language you use, the motions you didn’t make or the facial expressions that don’t match your words. They intrigue him and make him study people and who they really are inside.
Maybe being Autistic is his gift. Because I know he has been a gift to me every day.