This “In Their Own Words” is by Joy Smith. She is a mother of four, and her son Adrian was diagnosed with autism in April of 2006. To read more, check out Joy’s Autism Blog.
Have you ever wished you could turn back time? Not say that stupid thing? Not accidentally cut your finger while cutting things while cooking? Not slipped on the ice? Not hurt someone’s feelings? Not yelled at your kids? Not got in that fender bender? Oh how I’ve wished I could turn back time!
I was talking about this to my mom one night. She fell of a ladder at work last November and broke her leg pretty bad. She had to have surgery on Thanksgiving last year to repair the damage. She told me how she wished she could turn back the clock and been more careful on that ladder.
In so many instances it seems like that would be so awesome. And while we’re at it not only would a “rewind” button for life but a “volume,” “fast forward,” and “mute” button would be nice , don’t even get me started on that!
But all this strange combination of events that add up our lives shape who we are. All these little or not so little things shape us, mold us into hopefully better people then we once were.
On Facebook my friend had posted a challenge to write one thing we were thankful for from now until Thanksgiving. I thought it was a great idea and took part. The very first thing that I thought of to be thankful for was autism. It has shaped me into a better mother, a better woman.
Autism teaches compassion.
Autism teaches acceptance.
Autism teaches patience.
I am a work in progress and the gift of autism that God gave me is shaping me, molding me everyday. And I am so thankful for that! People may pity other people for having a child with any sort of special needs but honestly, at times, I pity people that don’t get to experience this!
“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.