A Season of Growth: Our Shared Journey with Autism
As the first rays of the summer sun began to warm our home, a sense of anticipation filled the air. My son Saar, a vibrant 17-year-old with a unique perspective shaped by autism, and I stood on the threshold of a journey. This journey was not about reaching a destination but about the shared experiences, the laughter, the tears, and the countless discoveries we would make along the way.
Our first adventure unfolded at a local music festival. The air was alive with the rhythmic beats of drums, the strumming of guitars, and the harmonious blend of voices. Amidst this symphony of sounds and sea of people, I saw a spark ignite in Saar’s eyes. His body began to sway to the rhythm, his face lighting up with pure, unadulterated joy. It was a moment transcending words, where Saar was not a boy with autism but simply a boy lost in the magic of music. I felt a lump in my throat as I watched him, a testament to music’s transformative and healing power.
Our summer was also marked by ventures into the great outdoors. We explored local parks, wandered through nature trails, and immersed ourselves in the world’s beauty. Saar has always been fascinated by nature, and these excursions were like opening a new book, each page filled with wonder. We spent hours observing the intricate patterns of leaves, the scurrying of squirrels, and the river’s gentle flow. These moments, simple in their occurrence but profound in their impact, became cherished memories. I watched Saar, his eyes wide with curiosity and wonder, and I felt a surge of emotion. These were the moments I would hold close, the moments that reminded me of the beauty in our journey.
But our journey was not without its challenges. There were days when the change in routine was overwhelming for Saar. Days when the world seemed too loud, too bright, too much. These days, I saw the struggle in his eyes, the silent plea for understanding. And my heart ached. But we faced these challenges together, hand in hand. Each hurdle was a lesson, each difficulty a stepping stone to understanding each other better. And through it all, our bond strengthened.
As the summer draws close, I look back at our journey with a heart full of emotions. The laughter, challenges, and quiet moments of understanding have all painted a beautiful picture of our life together. And as we step into the autumn, I am reminded that the destination does not define our journey with autism but by the precious moments we share along the way. It’s a journey of love, of understanding, and of acceptance. And for that, I am eternally grateful.