Wednesday, September 21, 2016

A Letter To My Amazing Teenager With Autism










Dear Tommy,

From the moment you were born, I knew you were special. You had the bluest eyes. You looked at me as if you were wise. You were an amazing sleeper, which I appreciated.



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,
Mom


I also read the letter to my teenager so he knew exactly how special he is to me:



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72 comments:

  1. He's so awesome!! I know you're proud of him!

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    1. Thank you! And yes, I am. He's fantastic :)

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  2. What a sweet letter to Tommy, he's one awesome guy!!

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  3. What an amazing son you have. A strong boy with a beautiful smile. I had my first child, my son in June last year and I am always worried about him and all I want is for him to be healthy and happy. I think you have done a great job with yours and the whole world should know how proud of him you are and how amazing he is! This really brought tears to my eyes.

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  4. Thanks for the tears this morning Amber! Sheesh! What an amazing son you have and he's pretty lucky to have an amazing mom!

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  5. Oh dear, this is very beautiful and inspiring (please I don't wanna cry, hahaha). Your young man deserves to GO BIG and AIM HIGH! Let him enjoy the perks of this beautiful world, and bring smile to his friends and family :D


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  6. What a beautiful letter, what an inspiration Tommy is! ☺️

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  7. Love how you focused on the accomplishments and great person your son is, instead of dwelling on the negative. Nice to hear someone say nice things about their teenager.

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  8. My teenager is an amazing young lady.

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  9. Please excuse me as I wipe away tears as I'm sitting in my college lecture. This is why I shouldn't be commenting and reading during class!

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  10. Very inspirational post! Made me both tear up and smile at the same time! This is a beautiful letter to your son!

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  11. Have you read the poem, "Welcome to Holland"?

    It's something I like to share with all the parents I work with. It makes me tear up every time. You are a great mama and your son is so lucky to have you. But you are so lucky to have him as well!

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  12. This is so sweet. Growing up is hard these days, it looks your son is doing well. Best of luck to him!

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  13. You son is such a inspiration!! And you are a Aweome MOM!

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  14. What a beautiful post. He sounds like a very special kid - with a very special mother.

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  15. What a sweet letter to your amazing son! It sounds like you two have a wonderful bond and special relationship. Great job, mom!

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  16. My hubby and I have had fosters with autism live with us and this is so nice. I agree 100%

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  17. Just gorgeous!
    Also, I want these for ME!!!!!

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  18. Such a personal and emotional post. He's awesome, i'm sure he'll grow up to be a great person :)

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  19. What an endearing post! You 2 are beautiful! My son has Asperger's. He's now 29 years old.

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  20. This is so moving. I have friends with children that have autism and from observations I understand somewhat your letter. Thanks for posting this moving article.

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  21. What a beautiful piece of writing! And am sure Tommy would be so proud to have you as his mother!

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  22. Beautiful letter! It can't be easy on any of you, but you've chosen to choose love and it shows!

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  23. What a lovely story, thank you for sharing.

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  24. What a handsome and beautiful young man you've raised! That SMILE!!

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  25. What a lovely letter to your son! It sounds like he's a great kid

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  26. Very touching and heart warming letter!

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  27. Touching letter, thanks for sharing

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  28. You're such a loving and supportive mother and I am so sure your son is so thankful to have you! Such an inspiring story

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  29. What a lucky boy to have you as a mom :)

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  30. So sweet. I can't imagine the challenges you face as a family. What a great idea for a Facebook Page.

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  31. This is such a beautiful and emotional post <3 you have a wonderful son

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  32. What a awesome post this is so amazing and so are y'all

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  33. Very touching post ! Thank you for sharing it with us

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  34. This is a very heart-warming post about how your son really does amaze you. Our children are the why for everything we do.

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  35. What an inspirational post! Your love and sensitivity for your son is evident and it's clear he knows it from the beautiful photos you've shared. And what a great idea from Yoplait. During times when there's so much negativity and bullying for teens, having an inspirational page is spot on. Thanks for sharing, inspiring others and spreading the word about Yoplait's terrific program.

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  36. Each and every child is unique and I'm glad that you are using your sons uniqueness as a positive message! Best of luck, hope and happiness to you and your son!

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  37. What a beautiful letter to your son! Our children are all unique with their own special gifts. Tommy's lucky to have you for a Mom!

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  38. What a beautiful post! Great job, mama!

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  39. What an awesome so you have! You must be so proud of his courage.

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  40. What a lovely letter to an amazing son that you have!

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  41. What a sweet letter! You can tell his mama absolutely loves him.

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  42. This was very sweet! I could barely keep the waterworks from starting, thanks for sharing this!

    Sondra Barker
    PrettyFitFoodie
    prettyfitfoodie.com

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  43. Whenever you write about Tommy I can totally feel all the love. This was such a sweet letter!!

    My kiddos are so happy with Go Big's size, they are serious yogurt heads!!
    XOXO
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  44. Its good to see you are encouraging your son to be himself. That must make home life calmer and happier for him. Well his whole life in general really.

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  45. That was such a beautiful story. Tommy sounds like a perfect son! You almost made me cry because your story touched my heart! It is hard raising teenagers I have a teenage son too. He is also very quiet and doesn't like to express his feelings when he gets home from school.

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  46. Such cute pictures of him. They grow so fast, isn't it? Lovely letter.

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  47. Sorry that last comment was mine.
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  48. Wow that is a very inspiring letter.

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  49. What a lucky boy he is to have a mommy like you!

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  50. He sounds like an amazing young man and you should definitely be proud! I love that he's very tough for his age and he has such a loving heart too.

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  51. Your son is amazing because of you! You are a great mom and it shows in the way you raised Tommy! His story is so heartwarming. He is an inspiration to many.

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  52. This letter was so sweet. There is nothing like that proud feeling you get over your kids.

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  53. Such a beautiful post, wonderfully written to express the feelings & thoughts of a mother's journey with an Autism kid. Tommy must be really proud enough to have one such mom with full of love & care anytime!

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