Reading Nikki’s blog has opened a window that I didn’t realized was closed for me. When I began to learn about the autism spectrum, I was really fearful of it. I didn’t understand much about it and what I saw of reports was fairly unflattering. But Nikki’s experience is really just about people–in fact, it’s about family. It’s about understanding who we all are as humans and what our struggles are and then identifying ways to make life work for us.
I think one of the gifts Nikki has given her children (and in sharing her story, one of the gifts she’s given me) is in meeting everyone where they are and then figuring out how to help them life their best life. I remember feeling triumphant when Brandon rode his bicycle, understanding how many little moments, temporary setbacks and impossibilities he had overcome.
Inevitably, this blog is really about how we’re all on a journey. Each of Nikki’s boys are on their own journey to being men and Nikki is on her own journey to be the best woman she could be. It is what life is–sometimes sad, sometimes challenging–but inevitably, deeply and authentically true. I look forward to the next installment!