As yesterday was World Poetry Day, I thought I would share a poem about Ryan. I hope you enjoy! I smiled thinking back to memories of days gone by.
If you knew me…
You would know that the first word I said was when I was 9 months old. It was “light,” and I pointed at the kitchen light
You would know that I was diagnosed with autism at age 2 ½
You would know I loved to push a toy sweeper everywhere. I had 3!
You would know I enjoyed high places and made Mom nervous when I tried to jump off
You would know I would visit Aunt Tootie (Dr. Barber) and she would give me the special crackers she kept just for me
You would know I twirl my fingers as a calming behavior
You would know that I like structure and following a routine
You would know that I spent hundreds of hours in therapy to be who I am today
You would know that I think in concrete terms and get baffled by the abstract
But also …
You would know that I have a job – two, actually!
You would know I enjoy sports of nearly every kind – running, skiing, golf, swimming, racquetball, and even more!
You would know I have “guy’s night out” on Sundays with my best friend, Bryant
You would know I love my family, my friends, and am so thankful to people who have helped me along the way
You would know that I am Ryan, and no matter what autism means or doesn’t mean, I’m “being the best me I can be” – something my Mom asks me to do all the time!
I hope that in reading this, you understand that a child is so much more than his behaviors… have faith, as I do, that your cup is half full and know that Ryan is still evolving into being the “best he can be” each and every day!