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In Their Own Words – Today

This ‘In Their Own Words’ is by Cheairs Graves, who shares her life at Redefining Typical. It through writing and pictures that she shares her journey about Dawson, her son with autism. It is the marriage of the two that makes sharing her journey complete. You can find her on Facebook here.
 

 
She tries to play with him.
He walks away.
She tries to talk to him.
He does not answer.
She tries to calm him when he gets upset.
He pushes her away.
Then he looks at her.
He smiles.
He reaches for her hand.
She takes it.
She smiles.
And they walk.
And as I watch them.
I remember words.
Words that came from my father as he would send us off to school.
With a twinkle in his eye and a nod of his head my dad would say, ”Cheairs remember-Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
So hand in hand my son and daughter walk off to school.
And with a twinkle in my eye and a nod of my head I whisper, ”Mae Mae and Dawson remember-Today is the first day of the rest of your life!”
I breathe.
Today-Yes- Today!
Copyright © cheairs graves August 25, 2011
 
“In Their Own Words” is a series within the Autism Speaks blog which shares the voices of people who have autism, as well as their loved ones. If you have a story you wish to share about your personal experience with autism, please send it to editors@autismspeaks.org. Autism Speaks reserves the right to edit contributions for space, style and content. Because of the volume of submissions, not all can be published on the site.