The News Story That Opened My Eyes

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As many of you know I work as a reporter. Most days I like my job a lot, but days like today I LOVE my job, because I don’t know how else I would meet such wonderful people and children.

I work as an anchor and education reporter in Austin. I came across a Craigslist ad begging for awareness for a school in Austin created specially for young children diagnosed with Autism. It’s not far from closing down because of lack of funding.

I’ve been around people with Autism before but never to this degree… But it wasn’t just the kids who grabbed my heart and held tight, but their mothers. Never have I seen such love for a child, never have I felt that close to how a mother must feel about her child. A story has never given me the opportunity to sit down a just talk to a woman about her pride and joy–Her child.

I’ve been told several times that once you hold your baby in your arms it’s a miracle when you realize how much love you can hold for a single being.

Hearing the struggles from these women brought tears to my eyes and tugged at my heart strings like never before. I don’t think I’ve ever cried on location of one of my stories before, but today I did. Today I wanted to reach out and hug every mother in the world–Every mother who has a child with disabilities–Every mother who worries about her child day and night–Every mother who cries daily wishing she could do more for her family–Every mother who loves her child.

Cheers to you mothers. I can’t wait to join the club.

To watch the story I’m still boo-hooing over click here. (It takes a moment to start playing after the anchor speaks)

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  1. You know, it’s not very nice to make people cry! I really like this post. (That’s all I’m gonna say cuz I can’t see my screen through the tears 😉 ).

  2. Wow, my heart goes out to all of those kids and their mothers. To think that their school might not be able to stay alive is so sad because that is the only hope those parents have right now for their kids.
    Thanks for the post, it was great.
    Also, I had no idea that you worked for a news station. HOw awesome is that! I’m kind of jelous…hope you don’t mind.

  3. I like this post, very sweet. Love is always powerful when you are required to give your whole self without any expectations of anything in return. The thing is with autism you get more than what you bargain for. You think that kids have to have normal social interactions to love, but they have a capacity of having a new and intense perceptive that makes your heart swell if you can connect with them.

    I’ll check out the story now.

  4. My two oldest sons have grown up with a family with two autistic children their same ages. We’ve been on many, many play dates and outings with them. Fortunately they are high functioning autistic so the do have at least limited interactions with our kids. Through them and school we have come to know several other autistic children that we hang out with. The mothers of these autistic children are amazing. Angels. How they do what they do everyday is beyond me. And to think about the future and know there is a possibility that their children may not leave them to fulfill lives that we all want out children to have is heartbreaking.
    I really hope this school gets the money from their fundraiser to keep the school open.

  5. It’s amazing what a parent does in the life of a child that is challenged with autism and a number of other issues that are labeled now. I know a few of these parents and they are warriors and champions for their kids…for a lot longer than some of us will need to be.

  6. Great post. You got me. 🙂

    It’s true. One of the first things I realized when I had my baby was I never felt love for another being like I had for her. It’s different, it’s undeniable, it’s unbreakable.

  7. I’m loving the post but missing the video :o(
    I’ve watched the ad for Louis Shanks three times hoping the video would follow but it never did. Is there a trick to viewing it that I missed? Am I the only one annoyed by the Louis Shanks commercial? Just curious ;o)

  8. Seriously, I hope they find a way to keep that school open. When you find people who know autistic kids are really kids, it’s great. My friend’s son is autistic. She sends her son to school and they don’t make him do anything. Small things like put his coat on. They just think he needs everything for him but he really can do things and it drives my friend crazy they don’t treat him like he is capable of being someone productive.

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