Em wrote just now (and said I could publish what she wrote here):
“I want to talk about the New Year.
“I know it was an important year to talk to the world. I need people to understand what it is like to be Autistic. I could be daring by saying that, but I think it is the only way others will become more tolerant of those of us who think differently than most, and it is opportunity that both separates and connects.”
I have so many thoughts about this… “it is opportunity that both separates and connects.” That sentence could be the topic for an entire semester in graduate school.
After Emma wrote this, I asked her if I could share it with Richard and on here, to which she nodded and wrote “yes.” Richard and I had different responses to the word “opportunity” but when asked to clarify, Emma was already listening to her music and as I told her our study session would last 25 minutes and no longer, I did not press her to elaborate.
I will end this brief post by saying this past year has been a monumental one for me and my family. As I look back on previous years, there have been none that can compete. Here’s to embarking on another incredible year filled with curiosity and wonder. Thanks to all of you who have read, commented and/or reached out.
As Emma has advised many times over the last few months, “Be kind to each other” and “everyone should be treated kindly and with love.”
Happy New Year!