I just watched this Ted Talk by Rosie King titled “How Autism Freed Me To Be  Myself.”

There’s a line in the video where she says “it’s not a disability, it’s an ability.”

As the father of a child on the Autism Spectrum, I get that line, and understand the responsibility of helping him know it too.

My oldest son has many abilities that bring out the uniqueness and creativity of who he is.

Simply being with him is a joy, but every once and awhile I get a little more.

This evening was one of those times.

I was sitting in the recliner after dinner, and he came and climbed in my lap.

And we snuggled … for 15 minutes or so.

As we sat there together we talked and we were quiet.

I gave him big hugs, and massaged his arms and back. (Sensory and tactile “issues” mean these are favorites.)

He relaxed, and nestled in close.

My son is 14 years old, and I cherished every moment of our time in the chair this evening.

I’m thankful for my son’s ability to not be to old to spend time with his dad, whether snuggling in a chair or helping him drive a golf cart … which is a whole other story!

I’m glad I get to be his dad.


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