“The marvelous richness of human experience would lose something of rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome. The hilltop hour would not be half so wonderful if there were no valleys to traverse.” ~Helen Keller~
I am not saying autism is a gift and that I wholeheartedly welcome the difficult challenges it brings with it. I am saying that because of it, we have become extraordinary. I’ve met and befriended genuinely outstanding people of unwavering character, whom I would never had the opportunity to meet otherwise. We have become something as a family that I could not possibly have conceived of within the confines of a “normal” life. We have learned selflessness for the greater good, instead of selfishness in pursuit of personal happiness. We have learned the significance of real joy versus momentary pleasure. We have learned that suffering is simply a part of this experience on earth, but it does not define our existence. We have learned to love and accept each other unconditionally. I truly cannot imagine a higher calling than this. Thank you friends and mentors for educating us, family for supporting us, and Noah for being who you are. We love you and will never take for granted the hard work you are doing to get better.
– The Rev