In Their Own Words – Will’s Angel
We recently received the following e-mail and poem submission:
Two years ago my son had a very trying school year. It was riddled with setbacks and aggressive behaviors. This year was the opposite. He and his classmates were introduced to another new teacher but his year was quite different. She inspired my words below, as I imagine the feelings through my son’s eyes. I wanted to share it with you.
Before we met, I walked a world,
Couldn’t see quite eye to eye,
My mind held back ten thousand words,
Like wind against the tide.
You found a way to speak to me,
You found your way inside,
You called me out to play with you,
You found me where I hide.
I like to do the things you ask,
I try so hard each day,
I like it when you smile at me,
It tells me I’m okay.
You teach me not to be afraid,
I watch you every day,
Your face says you are brave and kind,
And fear won’t win today.
You gave a gift I can’t repay,
You wrapped it gracefully,
My mom says you reached in your heart,
And gave me dignity.
I think that there are angels now,
But the right time it must be,
And I thank God for knowing this,
And for sending mine to me.
This “In Their Own Words” poem was written by Julie Jones, a mother who has a son with autism.
“In Their Own Words” is a series within the Autism Speaks blog which shares the voices of people who have autism, as well as their loved ones. If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.