As a mother, I will never give up on my child. As a mother of a child who has autism, I will never give up hope.
I look into his eyes and I see all the potential that he has to offer to this beautiful world and I just know that one day the world can see what I see.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

The White Sweater

It all started with the white sweater. Well, it’s a hooded white sweater type jacket that zips up in the front and has been dubbed by Bryce as ‘the white sweater’. I couldn’t go anywhere outside our house without Bryce insisting I “put on white sweater” and “zip up, zip up”. At first it was a very thoughtful and innocent gesture, to make sure I wore a jacket before leaving the house, but it soon became repetitive, frustrating, and intolerable.

I’d put on my white sweater and Bryce would get all excited and squeeze my bicep, and knead his chin into it. This only happened when I wore that white sweater. I’ve had this for many years, but it’s only recent that it’s become something Bryce has been infatuated about. No other article of clothing that I’d wear had would promote the same reaction as it.

Not knowing how to end this obsession with my white sweater, I have since resorted to hiding it. While it is fairly easy to calm Bryce down when we can tell he is over stimulated, it just has become a bothersome. My decision to hide it wasn’t solely motivated by Bryce’s actions, but mostly because it’s summer now, and the weather is too hot to wear a jacket.

Occausionally Bryce will question where the white sweater is, and I tell him it’s put away for now, and he continues on his day perfectly fine.

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