When you watch his friends reach every milestone on time as he falls farther behind and you cry yourself to sleep night after night, I am you.
When you can't reach him no matter how hard you try and you feel like you are failing him, I am you.
When you pull your head out of the sand wondering, "could it be..." and just as quickly go back under cover not ready to hear the word, I am you.
When you worry so much about his future that some days you miss his present, I am you.
When your parenting is questioned and you then start questioning yourself, I am you.
When you try to help him, but, your help is rejected or you make things worse and it tears your heart in two, I am you.
When you see that he is hurting, but, he can't tell you why and you are overcome with helplessness, I am you.
When you know it's not "all in your head" and someone finally agrees, I am you.
When you are sitting across the desk from the professional trembling because you know your world is about to be irrevocably changed, I am you.
When you finally hear The A Word and you have no choice but to get your head out of the sand in order to help him, I am you.
When you start to see him and not the label, I am you.
When you understand that acceptance is the only way to move forward, I am you.
When worry and fear is superceded by love and determination, I am you.
When you see progress, no matter how small, and it makes the hurt fade away, I am you.
When you spend less time watching other kids and focus only on him, I am you.
When you realize that although the future is important, missing the present is no longer an option, I am you.
When you no longer see what is wrong, but, see all that is right, I am you.
When you no longer let autism define him or you, I am you.
When you believe that "son" or "daughter" is the only label that matters, I am you.
When you can finally see the world through his lens and not your own, I am you.
When you accept that nothing has ever been "wrong" except your perception of what is "right", I am you.
When you realize that the journey may seem lonely, but, that you are never alone, I am you.