Tonight, you saw a boy who didn’t care to interact with others.
Tonight I saw a boy, who just yesterday, travelled 2 hours across the state, stayed up late, stayed in an unfamiliar hotel all night, swam in an unfamiliar pool this morning, played in a new room without any familiar comforts, endured an entirely new city with no set routine, and then endured another 2 hour return drive today, and a mere 45 minutes after returning all that distance…I saw that same boy go to church and behave like an angel for 2 hours in class.
Tonight, you saw a boy fixated on flushing the toilet in the public restroom.
Tonight, I saw that same boy overcome his fear of hearing the toilet flush in a public restroom.
Tonight, you saw a boy eating Oreo’s for dinner.
Tonight, I saw a boy who didn’t have to be strapped into a highchair to eat food in public, while Daddy ate an entire meal.
Tonight, you saw a boy babbling incoherently.
Tonight, I saw a boy who would rarely verbalize anything a few weeks ago tell his Daddy in quick succession “Shut door…Bye-bye, Dada.”
Tonight, you saw a boy waving his hands and flapping.
Tonight, I saw a boy also excitedly return a wave from a friend.
Tonight, you saw a boy running recklessly around church.
Tonight, I saw that same boy waiting for his Daddy to follow him before running around, and coming back to get him if he did not follow.
Tonight, you saw a boy laying down in the middle of a crowded hallway.
Tonight, I saw a boy, so weary from travel and fatigued by the stress of the day cope by shutting down instead of lashing out at others.
Tonight, you saw a boy crying and screaming and hitting his brother.
Tonight, I saw a boy start to finally lose it in the car at 9pm after being at church for nearly 4 hours, exhausted and drained. Tonight I saw that same boy regulate himself after 5 minutes of hyperventilating crying, stop HIMSELF from hitting without needing to be reminded, walk over to the fridge and say “I’m HUNGRY.” I saw a boy who was happy the rest of the night.
Tonight, you saw “autism.”
Tonight, I saw victory.