Today H and I were heading into the big city. It was close to a two hour trip and we agreed to have a no technology drive. That meant no iPad, iPod or laptop in the car for H… and apparently no CBC radio for me. Instead – we talked. We talked of many wonderful things today and I won’t recount it all – but I must share this one small conversation:
“Mom… I love you”
“Aw… H are you telling me this to make me feel good?”
“Yes… and because it’s true. But Mom…”
“Sometimes I say it because I don’t know what else to say.”
“Well, it’s a nice thing to say!”
“Ya, sometimes I start to say something and I say ‘mom’ and then I forget what I was going to say.”
“Oh – so it’s a kind of fail-safe…”
“Ya. Now you know my secret!”
“I love you!!!”
I have observed before that sometimes the pace chooses me. However, I can’t help but notice – that we often have some say in the pace of things. When we slow the pace – and take the time to connect… there is always ALWAYS a treasured moment to be found.
30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.
© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)