The Autism spectrum is like viewing the changes of color inside of a rainbow. Everything blends together, so that nothing is truly distinct or separate. Minute changes, refract light differently, dramatically changing the outcome of any given situation. Along the path of our parenting journey, we learn to see miracles in the small things, that others often take for granted. Rather than regretting what we do not have, we take joy in experiencing those little miracles, every day.
It might be a moment of prolonged eye contact or a real and heartfelt hug. It could be spontaneous laughter at an appropriate moment, at a joke told by a family member. It could be waking up before your child, on a Saturday morning after getting an unexpected, full night’s sleep. Maybe they chose to sit beside you on the sofa or ask if you need help cooking the pizza you’re making for dinner. None of these things come naturally or easily for a child with autism.
It could be the joyful feeling of having directions followed the first time you give them or a week that you realize there were continuously clean trips to the bathroom and basic hygiene needs were met independently and without direction. It could truly be as simple as trying the cauliflower once again and not melting down because it was on their plate. For parents who have kids on the autism spectrum, it truly is the little things, that mean everything.