~ Terri Guillemets
Courage comes in many forms. Today I am going to tell you about a few.
This is what courage looks like three years later.
But there's more that I want to show you. Below are the faces of true courage. Courage is being spit at, kicked, slapped, and punched and showing up the next day to do it all over again. Courage is sitting for hours in the floor holding a screaming child in your arms. Courage is loving that child unconditionally. Courage is repeating the same word or picture or just simply making a child sit in a chair over and over and over until the behavior or word or emotion is learned. Courage is supporting a desperate mother and father when they think all hope is lost. Courage is never giving up. Courage is saving children, one child at a time, every day for three straight years. Courage is doing this despite the growing numbers of Autistic children, the low pay, Sometimes, courage pays off in little ways. Sometimes, courage pays off enormously.
These are a few of the therapists that have helped Walker, my grandson:
April is Autism Awareness Month. The statistics are grim. One in every 110 children will develop some form of Autism. For boys, it is 1 in 70. And yet, we bury our heads in the sand. I can only tell you that early detection is vital. And getting therapy is essential. We had better, as a society, take a hard look at funding for these children NOW. I would rather save these children NOW than face caring for them all through their adulthood. Which do you think is more expensive? Three or four years of therapy or a lifetime of institutional living? The choice is ours........
"Promise me you'll always remember. You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." ~ Christopher Robin to Pooh, A.A. Milne
If only I had half your courage.......
P.S. Paige got her wish. Walker has found his voice. "I love you, Mom," is a commonplace thing in his vernacular. Hopes and dreams may change their forms, but sometimes they are fulfilled.