I still believe that good wins.
I believe there is so much more good in the world than bad. I think it's just a matter of focus. I believe people are kind, loving and good. In photography I shoot in manual mode so I can control all the elements that are controllable. Lighting, exposure, focus. I like a small depth of field- you know- when the subject is sharp and defined and the background is beautiful, muted and blurry.
That's my perception in Life too. Good is up front and in focus, and everything else slowly fades away. This is how I choose to see Life. It isn't always my first choice, and sometimes I have to work really hard at it, but I want it to be who I am so I do the hard work. It's been one of my greatest strengths and assets when getting through hard times. It's called perception and I believe it's one of the mind's most powerful tools.
I have seen the letter written to the Family of a child with autism circulating on the Internet. If you want it read it, click HERE. It's okay if you don't want to read it though. The cruel and heartless letter suggests that a child should be euthanized because he has autism. The letter's words are offensive, disheartening and absolutely unjust. No person should ever have such words directed towards them. I have nothing but love and support for the family that it was sent to. I've seen the letter shared and reshared, oftentimes along with the words, People are so cruel. That part hurts me more than the letter. Why are people so quick to share the bad? I honestly don't understand.
Reading that letter made me feel sick. But that letter reminded me of one thing, and ONE thing alone. It taught me something I already knew- There is at least ONE crazy, misguided sick person in the World. People are not cruel. Maybe sometimes -some people are...but people are good. I have a favor to ask -keep your mind open to that thought- people are good.
I am so lucky, humble and grateful for the world of good this blog has opened my eyes to. I've met so many amazing parents and kids with Super Powers thanks to Life with Greyson + Parker. Some in real life, some only through the very real connection of our words. I hear your stories of beauty and pain and I am amazed. I am enlightened. I am changed. You remind me why I write every night Sunday through Thursday night. It's not just for my boys- It's honest to goodness for everyone struggling with a label of different. Every person we meet has a story. Some are epic, complete with a hero. Many are amazing love stories. Those are the stories I want to highlight for you. I want to shine a light on Super Powers, on learning to love different and recognizing the good in the World. I want to show you some real people who work so hard and who choose to see the good. I want to remind you just how much good is out there and just how good that good is...
Chances are if you are here reading, you already know my two loves. But just in case you are just joining our little show, here's a quick recap.
This is my son Greyson. He was diagnosed with autism a year and a half ago. He is magic and goodness and chocolate and EVERYTHING all rolled up into one. He makes me BELIEVE. He is my Teacher. He loves cars, bubbles, water and things with wheels.
Parker, who we affectionately call Doodle is pure liquid smiles and happy. He talks constantly- yet doesn't say any real words. His babble sounds just like a minion from Despicable Me. Parker's eyes are a blue that I've never seen in a Crayola box- or anywhere in Life. He will not be officially diagnosed with autism until he is closer to 3 years old- because that's how they do it where I live. Despite knowing what I know- it will still suck out my breath and crush my chest and heart to hear those words...again.
Meet Nick. Diagnosed with autism at 3. I'm positive he is an angel roaming here on earth. He lights up the room with his magic. Nick just comes alive when he plays chase. Like giddy, giggle out loud, uncontrollable laughter, constantly asking for more, more MORE! He can never get enough. Giggle and chase. Chase and giggle. Stop for a second. Can't you just hear it? Nick is amazing at geography -like crazy good. He remembers where people he likes live- and even remembers which freeway to take to get there. I'm pretty sure his whole amazing family has Super Powers of their own.
This is Vinnie. I instantly smile when I see this smile. Vinnie and his parents have worked so hard and come so far. Before- nothing made Vinnie happy, but now he lights up when he sees his family and close Friends. That's not something a Spectrum Mom ever takes for granted. After much pain, perseverance and hard work by Vincent and his Parents, Vinnie can finally talk. It's amazing. He likes going to school, kicking a soccer ball or hitting a baseball "all the way to the ocean". After two years he can finally put his clothes on by himself- and his Mom says you can see the pride in his face. He's a pretty amazing little guy who inspires me and gives me hope.
And I am so so happy to introduce you to Cash. Yes, THE Cash that Margo wrote about below. Couldn't you just DIE from his cute? A thousand words wouldn't do this picture justice.
Cash has autism and Sensory Processing Disorder with a Speech and Motor delay. Cash loves Pokemon, Minecraft and anything to do with helping people. He will happily give away all of his most prized possessions to a Friend if they don't have one. His kindheartedness and eagerness to make others smile brightens his Momma's most tiresome days. Cash is pure magic and he touches every soul he meets. I know he's touched mine.
AJ's Mom posted this picture on our Facebook page today and made my whole morning. He's usually too scared of the noise but today AJ stopped and had a moment with the trash truck. That is the kind of break through worth celebrating. AJ has permanent brain damage from a lack of oxygen in utero. He has mild cerebral palsy and an Auditory Processing disorder and issues with his hearing. AJ is sweet, loving and happiest when he is outside. He loves his sisters, his dog Ace and anything with wheels.
This is Quinn.
Quinn is just absolutely awesome. He makes everyone he meets a better person. Quinn has a partial deletion and partial duplication of the short arm of his 8th chromosome. His Dad doesn't know if there is even anyone else in the World with that particular brand of Super Powers. Quinn can't talk, but he makes specific sounds based on the mood he is in. Brilliant. They always find a way to communicate with us, Friend. After so much hard work, he's finally mastering the stairs all on his own. Mighty Q loves music, silliness and the laughter of other kids. He likes Monster Trucks and Toy Story. He amazes his Parent's with his ruthless strength and determination. He amazes me too.
Here is beautiful Hayden.
Something about Hayden is just so divine. Hayden has autism and epilepsy. He is non-verbal. Hayden is tall and long and lean. He loves playing with his cars and trucks on the slide, and putting together wooden puzzles. Especially when they make noise. He loves playing chase especially when finished with a crazy tickle match at the end. Hayden's rare spontaneous smiles and occasional kisses are guaranteed to light up the World.
Delaney has Asperger syndrome which is an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, alongside restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. It differs from other autism spectrum disorders by its relative preservation of language and cognitive development. Delaney loves cats, garbage trucks, anything dark pink. She also is crazy about her Nana and swimming pools. Sometimes when Delaney speaks she sounds like a little professor. She can sing the heck out of a Disney song and is an absolute joy and light to her Parent's life.
And lastly, here's sweet Landon.
Landon was diagnosed with PDD-NOS- Pervasive Developmental Disorder Not otherwise specified. It is an ASD- Autism Spectrum Disorder. MOUTHFUL. To totally oversimplify it- to have straight up Autism- you MUST have the following 3 things:
1. A communication delay
2. Trouble with social interaction
3. Autistic like behaviors which may include tantrums, spinning, sensory aversions, rigid routine -to name a few.
Usually an individual with PDD-NOS has 2 out of 3 of those criteria.
Landon is a brilliant, affectionate, tender-hearted and hilarious little boy. Goofy from Mickey's Clubhouse makes him belly laugh. He loves being chased and tickled and gives the very best hugs. He's happiest outside and loves being with his Mom and Dad and 2-month old baby sister, Delaney.
Thank you so much for being here and reading about some of our Friends. I could have gone on for days. They may be small, but they are strong. These earthly angels work so hard and teach us so much. Their parent's resilience knows no limits. They teach us to be grateful for the small things. They teach us to notice authentic beauty without conditions or constraints.
The parents of these amazing children with Super Powers know the deepest of fears and the deepest of suffering. The highest of joys and triumphs. They know a beauty and goodness from all over the World. A world where people are good. A world where people care. A world with people like you.
I needed you to meet them so you could see the good. Feel the good. It somehow makes more of it in the World. There's already so much out there, but we can always use a little more.
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A Very special THANK YOU to all the Parents who shared their story with me.
simply - beautifulReplyDelete
Beautiful children!! Thank you for introducing them to us.ReplyDelete
Once again my soul is touched by your words and by seeing these beautiful amazing awesome children...thanks for letting us meet them...ReplyDelete
These are ALL brilliant children.....all Indigo Children who teach the world. I can't wait to see what their future holds!ReplyDelete
What a fantastic way to encourage people to think beyond labels!ReplyDelete
Beautifully written....beautiful children!!ReplyDelete
Beautifully written....beautiful children!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for focusing on the good..beatiful children. .ReplyDelete
It seems all rightReplyDelete
I was wondering if you had seen that letter and how you might address it. Once again, you've responded it a simple, straightforward, HONEST manner. And so, so touching. Thanks for continuing to introduce us to all the good in the world!ReplyDelete
I cried and smiled reading this. I cried because I can't belive how some people can be so crazy and rude and disgusting. But I ended up smiling, and that is what counts. Let me tell you something, you are strong and inspiring and I love reading your blog. Please keep writing.ReplyDelete
Love from London.
You have made me even more excited about my students coming back to school on Monday! Summer break is great but I miss my kiddos with Super Powers! I am blessed to work with them!ReplyDelete
your heart shines from the inside out...BRAVE and BEAUTIFUL ...come to mind easily <3ReplyDelete
Yesterday, I shared Greyson's super powers with my 4 year old son when he curiously asked who the boys in the pictures on the computer screen were. I told him how Greyson did some things a bit differently than him, but then we spent much more time talking about how Greyson was the same. (It was garbage day at our house yesterday and my son is pumped as well every time he hears the truck coming!) When I read this post and see all the kids, there are differences, as there are differences with every kid super powers or not, but the thing I like the best is when I read what these kids like doing I see so many things that are the same. Great post.ReplyDelete
You are doing such a great service by making sure these children know that they are not 'different' in a bad way, but in a way that makes them special and wonderful to be around. Because that is what they are xoReplyDelete
To know and love a child on the "spectrum" is an amazing gift for these children are, as you so aptly describe in your blog, magical in so many ways. I am so blessed to have this amazing gift in my own life.ReplyDelete
You are so amazing! There is no doubt you are full of the Holy Spirit. May He remain with you always so you can continue to build up your part of His Kingdom! Thanks for this uplifting piece-I love them all!ReplyDelete
Karen from Memphis
Happy Friday, friend. Thank you for sharing these beautiful children & a small part of their stories.ReplyDelete
I sometimes have trouble keeping perspective that there is way more good than bad out there. I'm going to keep working on that. Thanks for being here to remind me.
Love & happiness to you & happy weekend, sweet momma. Jennifer
This post made me cry more than any of the others! Those incredible kids. Wow. My heroes. Life is tough for people without any health issues, etc., but look! Look how they teach us what it is to be strong and brave and resilient. I am in awe. They are wonderful. Each and every one. Thank you so very much for sharing them with us.ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing the stories of these beautiful children with super powers! They are our teachers.ReplyDelete
I find that the people who say or do hurtful things are also hurting. I say a prayer for them. I'm finding that if I choose to see the good in life, the more good I see!
Thank you for sharing these Super kiddos wit us all. THEY ARE AMAZING! I could easily add my sweet Cassie to your list of kids with super powers. She is now 25 and still is filled with nothing but GOODNESS! She keeps us humble. She keeps us laughing. She keeps us loving freely!!!! She is not on the Autism spectrum, but she is just as special with non specific developmental delay. Krissy, your blog speaks to all of us who have the pleasure of having children with Super Powers. Even after 25 years of being her mom, I still love hearing about other parents/children who touch so many peoples lives. Thank you for always keeping it real and honest and GOOD! <3ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing. It was absolutely beautiful!!ReplyDelete
All these pictures make my heart swell 5 times and then melt it. Beautiful words capturing the spirit of such amazing children. Thank you for sharing.ReplyDelete
Beautiful stories of wonderful brave children! Our son, Brady Boo (who also happens to have Super Powers) has taught his father & I more about life than anyone else ever could with traditional verbal words! He has helped us to see so much good in this world and to appreciate the beauty in every little thing! We are pleasantly surprised by all the amazingly kind people but possibly it helps that we CHOOSE NOT to see the negative...which is why I refuse to read that pathetic & mean letter directed at one of God's children! I will end with a GREAT BIG THANK YOU to Chrissy for the amazing inspiration you share with all of us! (((Hugs from Pinconning, Mi!)))ReplyDelete
I am friends, well really neighborhood mom to Matt and Erin Huffman. My husband and I have loved them for a long time. Landon is the cutest and sweetest boy you could meet. He is one of the lucky kids that have parents that love and understand him. I am proud to call them my family. Love you guys mom and chief.ReplyDelete
Love you, Momma and Chief, thanks for loving our family so well. We are blessed to do life with you!Delete
Erin and Matt
These photos are precious and I really enjoyed reading your blog. I work with children diagnosed with autism and I love them all. They bring me so much joy every day. They are full of surprises. Thank you so much for sharing.ReplyDelete
Thank you for this! There is good. We MUST focus on this. These children are beautiful and amazing and nothing less.ReplyDelete
Thank you for introducing me to these magnificent children.ReplyDelete
What amazing little people:) Your blog is such a bit of fresh air! Every time I read it, no matter the mood I am in, I feel better for having done so!!! The smiles on this kiddos are infectious:)ReplyDelete
Everyday people changing the odds of children. Here is an opportunity to recognize community heroes for their efforts to make a difference in the lives of children. First 5 Fresno County's Hands-on Hero Awards is now accepting nominations. Do you know a hero? Nominate them at http://first5fresno.org/impact/hoh-awards.ReplyDelete
Deadline is September 30, 2013.
Have a blessed day!