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A child with Autism?

A mom with a child with Autism wrote the following. What do you think?
"I decided to give myself a reminder. A reminder of how
a child with autism ends up where they do.
Most women become mothers by accident, some by
choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit.
Did you ever wonder how mothers of children with
autism are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering
over earth selecting his instruments for propagation
with great care and deliberation. As he observes, he
instructs his angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
"Armstrong, Beth, son. Patron Saint Matthew."
"Forrest, Marjorie, daughter, Patron Saint Cecilia."
"Rutledge, Carrie, twins. Patron Saint Gerard. He's used
to profanity."
Finally, He passes a name to an angel, Taylor, Julie,
son. God smiles, "Give her a child with autism." The
angel is curious. "Why this one, God? She's so happy."
"Exactly", smiles God. "Could I give a child with autism
to a mother who does not know laughter? That would
be cruel".
"But has she the patience?" asks the angel.
"I don't want her to have too much patience, or she will
drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock
and resentment wear off, she'll handle it. I watched her
today. She has that feeling of self and independence
that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see,
the child I am going to give her has his own world. She
has to make him live in her world and that's not going
to be easy."
"But, Lord, I don't know if she even believes in you."
God smiles. "No matter. I can fix that. This one is
perfect. She has just enough selfishness."
The angel gasps. "Selfishness? Is that a virtue?"
God nods. "If she cannot separate herself from the
child occasionally, she will never survive. Yes, here is a
woman whom I will bless with less than perfect."
"She does not realize it yet, but she is to be envied. I
will permit her to see clearly the things I see ....
ignorance, cruelty, prejudice ... and allow her to rise
above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her
side every minute of every day of her life because she
is doing my work as surely as if she is here by my side."
"And what about her patron saint?" asks the angel, his
pen poised in mid air. God smiles. "A mirror will
Now I don't personally believe in God. But what you
have just read does seem to hold some truth. At least
enough to give me strength to go on one more day
with my child. He has autism, but he is a very bright
light in my life."L


Asked by Anonymous at 11:38 AM on Jul. 8, 2011 in Kids' Health

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Answers (7)
  • precious.

    Answer by 2teens2LOs at 11:43 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Wow.. I'm sending that to my sister.. it's her to a nephew is Autistic and she handles him just like this... thank you for posting this. and God Bless You.

    Answer by 6GsMommy at 11:56 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • This actually gave me chills.. I have so much respect and love for all the mothers out there but some added goes to the Mothers I feel that are stronger than I am who have to deal with SO much more...

    Answer by maxsmom11807 at 12:07 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • That was beautiful, thank you for sharing!!

    Answer by MizLee at 12:48 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • i love this!! i am sharing

    Answer by WildCat73 at 1:26 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • ive always said god gives special needs children to mothers who can care for them in a special way

    Answer by angeleyz375 at 9:57 PM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • thaanks,I have a special needs son with autistic tndencies

    Answer by RobinChristine at 10:49 PM on Jul. 10, 2011

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