One week ago, I was quite emotional about my life. I am an Autism Mom and last week I had a moment when nothing seemed certain. The space of constantly adjusting to my living situation because my children have autism is my normal. Again, last week, the things I normally do with my family were difficult. There was a moment that helped me make sense of my feelings. It was the moment another mother that I didn’t know, gave me a compliment. While I was washing my laundry a woman I had seen in my building with her family told me that my girls were behaving very well. I looked at her with a question on my face. She said that she worked with children with autism for many years. Then the amazement came over my face. She knew the condition that my children were living with and let me know that they were doing a great job. She let me know that my husband and I were doing our best based on what she had seen. Now in my head I said, if she would have been on our floor when my youngest was screaming to the top of her lungs, she might not say that. But I got that this moment was about accepting her compliment. If someone has worked with children with autism it is most often done with free will and passion. I had no reason to doubt myself, my parenting, or my children. At the end of the day, I can get out of my own feelings and accept the fact that I am doing great work with my family. My children are doing their best in life. What needs to be said to that? What else should I do? Loving myself and my family is working. I thanked the lady who gave me that compliment. Yes we are doing awesome work as a family and we will continue to do so. I accept her praise as the reflection of who we are. We are the possibility that life with disabilities can be ausome.
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I am one amazing human being named Willa Strong. I actually wrote my first book at 9 years old, it was called "The Kidnap". Now at 40 years my vision to be one of the best writers in the world is being fulfilled with the start of this blog. I am happy to give a voice to my three special children with autism and our family. Their struggles and their success have inspired me to give this life all that I have. Thank you for the support Strong-Walker Tribe. I love you! View more posts