When you got older, I noticed you weren't speaking like the other kids were. But I knew you were smart. You understood everything I asked you to do. You would spell words like 'vacuum' at the age of two. Soon after we discovered you had autism. You started speech and occupational therapy. Words started to form. You still had your quirks like walking back and forth, back and forth as you stared at a wall from the corner of your eye. I'd later learn this was called stimming.
Now you are a teenager and I am amazed at you every day. You're in a world that too noisy. Too bright. Confusing. And yet you cope.
Sometimes it's difficult to get you to open up to me. When I ask how your day is, you'll grunt a response. Sometimes I won't find out you've had a difficult day until I find a wadded up tissue at the bottom of your backpack. I know you don't like to cry in public, but sometimes high school gets overwhelming. You don't like when schedules change at the last minute. It's tough when students get rambunctious. You are all about the rules and don't understand when people break them.
There are times when you'll speak to me. Normally it is when I offer food.
You enjoyed Yoplait Go Big and said the flavors were nice. You appreciated that the large grip & rip pouches were big because you have a large appetite these days. I appreciated the fact that they contain real fruit, had no artificial colors, or high fructose corn syrup.
I'm proud of you, Tommy. I am proud to be your mother. I will always be here for you. I will always be here to talk.
Because you amaze me every single day.
I love you,
I also read the letter to my teenager so he knew exactly how special he is to me:
Do you think your teenager is amazing? You can win the spotlight for your teen by going to the Go Big Facebook page where you can share how your teen inspires you. As you see, my teen inspires me by coping with life even with autism. Go Big will select three teens with inspiring stories and give them a platform to share with the world. How fantastic! For more information and contest rules, check out the Go Big Facebook page.
Will you be buying Yoplait Go Big for your teen? You can find them at Target, Walmart, and most grocery stores.