May 31, 2013

I Want to Know What Love Is

Love is ... waiting patiently for 23 years to hear my child with autism tell me he loves me.

At 3:29 p.m. EDT on May 31, 2013, my son said, "I love you, Mommy" independently for the very first time in his entire life.  Four little syllables and I'm pretty sure my heart stopped beating.  I choked back the tears and said, "I love you, too, Justin."     

Sometimes a boy wearing a clown wig [who loves his mommy ] just needs to hop scotch.



Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!!!!! that is just so totally awesome!!!!!!!!! He is very color coordinated! He looks like a terrific guy, of course, because he has a wonderful mom! Enjoy this precious gift! ~ Your ETSY friend, Donna Dominick.

ivylanedesigns said...

Thank you so much, Donna! I know that he loves me, but hearing it after all these years was music to my ears.

Earth to Girl said...

I might be extra emotional these days since I'm pregnant but reading this brought tears to my eyes. So happy for you that your son is able to express his love for you now. It really does mean a lot to hear that from your own son.

ivylanedesigns said...

Thank you, May. That means a lot to me. Lots of love to you and your baby. ~Merrill