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Kim McCafferty

"As much as I can, whenever I can, I try to relegate anxiety over the boys’ collective happiness to a shelf somewhere in the remote recesses of my brain. I do this for them, because a happy mom is a more competent mom, and they need me to be that for them."

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"He regained his skills, working diligently with his therapists, then his teachers in school."

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"I want you to know that his primary emotion is joy, and if he’s having a meltdown or a crabby day (who doesn’t) he will eventually return to his happy place."

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I saw how you struggled to keep your possibly five-year-old son from running away, watched as compassion chased frustration across your face.

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I admit, that twenty-something year plan I had in mind did not include autism.

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"Last, in that perfectly captured final moment, he is actually nuzzling his younger sibling, eyes closed, apparently reveling in their closeness."

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“He has autism. His brain isn’t broken, it’s just different.”

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My youngest is taking an interest in his brother again, and I know I will build on this moment, stretch it as far as it will go, hope for their bond to be strengthened and unbreakable as the years and decades pass.

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