|Boy 1: 2005 - First day of school.|
We are coming to the end of the final term of the final year of his Primary school years. The child that was is now the young man that is. For those of you who have followed our story you will know what an incredible difference these years have wrought.
I am bursting with pride at the person before me. This year I had asked him and encouraged him to enter one of the more popular public speaking programs in our district. I said "His was a story that should be told... maybe he could speak of what his school years had done for him? Wouldn't that be a wonderful thing for his teachers to hear?"
He refused. "Why?" I asked, thinking of myself basking in his reflected light.
I must admit I was influenced by another who had done something similar a few years back, though I knew her story had been written not by herself.
"Because they see me everyday and know what it has meant to me."
This is the child who has written an illustrated children's book, this is the boy who is happy to market and talk and educate in any public arena to help those younger on the spectrum and to assist those around them to understand and support those kids.
He knew perfectly well my request was not born of my usual educate, advocate, demonstrate philosophy, but rather of a "Ner, ner" motivation. Not to our teachers, but to others who had not believed, who had belittled and made
He loves me, he loves so very deeply, and yes, he teaches me to be a better person. He is right, they see him every day and realise what an impact they have had on this once lost, little boy who has blossomed into this gorgeous, strong young man.
I see less and less of Sheldon, and more and more of my Deepak boy emerging.
|Boy 1: 23/11/11.|
Thank you my son, for taking me with you on this incredible journey that is your life.