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Dear Lucas

Dear Lucas, You have autism.  Those words will follow you for the rest of your life. They will affect many of the choices you make and the ones we make for you. They might change the way people see you. People will treat you differently; talk to you differently. People will be thoughtless, careless and ignorant. Even people who love you will get it wrong sometimes. People will also be kind and helpful. The world is filled with all kinds of people. Some will tell you that you can, others will tell you that you can’t. Never let a few small minded people stop you from doing something big. Big plans cannot be detoured by small minds and your beautiful brain has some very big plans. I remember crying the night after we received your diagnosis. It was an all out weepy, tears streaming kind of a cry. It was not because I was devastated or that I wished you were "normal". Both of my children should be anything but normal- anything but ordinary. I

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