Meriah Nichols from A Little Moxie has a summer blog challenge and I’m always up for a challenge so I thought I’d take her up on it! Also, I’ve never been a part of a blog hop…it sounds so festive and fun, so another reason to join in.
Here’s what she has to say:
Let’s try and follow a story arc. Let’s try and write our way through the whole arc of our connection with disability, and then let’s gather the posts at the end of the summer series and publish them in a book! Sound good? Ambitious enough?!
She includes the entire collection of prompts HERE – please make suggestions or tweaks – so that we have time to write the posts in advance or find old posts and re-work the old posts (a practice she highly recommends!)
The links for each week will remain open for two weeks.
This week’s prompt is: Letter to My Younger Self
Here is my contribution:
Dear Younger Me:
Are you lost and overwhelmed with all of the medical mumbo-jumbo, and exceptionally long diagnosis essentially saying, “Your child has autism.” I know that you are feeling numb—paralyzed with uncertainty, fear, and grief about the unknown. But I’m here to tell you that your life would have no meaning…no depth…no purpose if it wasn’t for autism. And Jonathan, is THE most amazing, clever, smart, funny, adorable hero I’ve ever encountered. You’re going to feel so grateful and privileged to be his mom.
Don’t be afraid, ever. You know instinctively what he needs and even though you are introverted at heart, you are a warrior mom! You are whomever your son needs you to be at any given point in time. Today, he’s 28 years old and living independently. Does he still struggle and need more attention and support than your daughter? Yes, but every day you’ll experience him needing just a little less of your oversight and you’ll be able to reflect and enjoy the incredible man he has become.
“Oh, the places you’ll go!”