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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
This horrifies, saddens, and angers me. I absolutely ADORE the autistic children that I work with. Will most of them ever be self sufficient? No. Do they have their quirks? Sure. Are they useless? Absolutely NOT. Those kids are the reason I am who I am. You simply can't spend time without them without realizing just how special, how unique, and how beautiful they are. Heck, I'm of the opinion that they're not even 'broken' like a lot of people seem to think. Since when is the ability to see pictures with your mind, calculate huge numbers in your head, memorize entire books or movies, and be sensitive enough to feel when theres something 'off' about the earth's magnetic fields? To be able to hear and see things normal people can't? Maybe these kids don't necessarily behave like 'normal' people, but they're people none the less, and magnificent ones at that. Even with my autistic kids (I call them mine, they're not. I simply have the joy of being part of their lives) that can't speak, you can tell that they understand. You can tell that they process the world around them and are intelligent. They get overstimulated easily, sure, but face the facts...we're in an overstimulated world! They don't have the problem, we do. We've allowed our brains to 'need' the constant input of bright, loud, sensory things to keep us content, but they have stayed the same. Capable of being enthralled by even the simplest of things, by the smallest beauties. Is there something wrong with that?
I think our world would be a very, very sad and desolate place without these little angels to grace us with their presence. Just because we don't understand them does not mean they're demonic or nuisances. Rather, they're opportunities for us to go back and see the simplicity of life again when we had nearly lost it.
Geez....can you tell this is a sensitive topic for me? Heh....
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.