Lately, I’ve been very busy. Between work and grad school, I’ve hardly had time to spend doing the things I enjoy. On top of that, we continue to have issues finding reliable after-school care for my son with autism. Of course, this means that my husband and I have to work things out. After finally getting a worker for my son, he was placed elsewhere on Monday. This change occurred the day after we had a rough weekend and called Mobile Crisis. Easter Seals got basically a slap on the hand for lack of respite workers on the weekend. Now, once again, we’re left with no one to pick up our son from school. In actuality, I find it hard to see the trouble. Despite our challenges, my son has many lovable qualities, including these five reasons to love him.
5 Reasons to Love My Son With Autism
Disclaimer: These reasons do not fully encompass all there is to love about my son with autism.
First of all, I love my son for his natural curiosity about the world. While bad weather, blood noses, and many other things frighten him, he recently learned how to perform internet searches on the computer, which has also increased his ability to spell words. He looks up the very things that scare him, but he much, much more. He looks up dinosaurs, different types of cars, and various animals. He seeks knowledge about the world around him and the things he does not fully understand. Admirable, indeed.
While my son struggles to find ways to entertain himself alone, when he gets around his little brother, he learns how to play. They may play the same games over and over again, but he loves to play. His real smiles and laughter allow me to see the playful side of him.
I love my son for his loving nature. He gives hugs and kisses and cares deeply about everyone around him. In fact, he shows so much concern about others that when people get hurt, he cannot stand to see their pain. He will consistently ask if someone is okay when they get hurt until he’s certain they’re all better.
Along with autism, there often comes a specific area of interest. For my son, anything related to cars holds his interest. In addition to that, he has the ability to memorize just about anything he puts his mind to. That leads to my fifth reason.
At times, my son’s determination can create a sense of frustration–whether it’s his or ours. Whenever he puts his mind to something, he shows so much determination that he works toward his goal relentlessly. No one can dissuade a mind that strongly determined to complete a goal. We can often use this determination to help him work hard to do well at school. Knowing what he wants to achieve, whether it’s gathering more cars, or something else, gives him to will-power to do well at school.
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Yes, I love my son.
I love both of my children. We go through times of trouble, just like any other family, but when my children need me, no matter what, I am there for them. Unfortunately, lately this means my husband and I scramble to find adequate childcare. It also means getting up early in the morning when he does not sleep well and handling meltdowns. Even so, my son is a lovable child just like his brother. I love to snuggle with them both, read to them, and listen to their stories. I just want others to see his lovable side. After all, my son is a fantastic child with great qualities.