My autistic son Matthew woke up this morning with a smile on his face and decided he wanted to talk about family. ” Mommy,” he began,” we are all going to be one big happy family.” This intrigued me, so I asked him what he meant. He went on to talk about his older sister who is married with a teething baby, her husband, my daughter’s in-laws and my good friends and their children who are helping my sister and I through a difficult time our family is facing right now. This was a huge milestone for Matthew, as he has a hard time allowing people into his world. Today he is able to appreciate kindness, and accept love.
Matthew made me think about America and it’s origins when he told me that Family is the people who love you. This country was founded from not just one family, but groups of people who worked together to form this great country of ours. They overcame adversity together in those early years, and we can do it again today.
America is my family, and I love all of you.