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Lauren Enright
Lauren Enright Photography
www.laurenenrightphotography.com

Sammy

There are so many things I could say about my son, Sammy, and so many things I could say about Autism. However, I only have so much space. Like every child, my son is a blessing. When it first became apparent he was Autistic, I went into warrior mode. I was fighting for my son and all that he required. I never really stopped to think about what was actually happening. Then one day it hit me: he had Autism. Every dream, every hope that I had ever had for him was gone. As parents, when you bring a child into the world, you cannot help but lay out dreams of what you want them to become. Now I had a blank slate. I had no idea what his future would hold, and I was devastated.

Sammy quickly turned that blank slate on its head and filled it with a joy that I never knew could exist. He has a beauty within him that is rich and awe-inspiring. He has taught me to slow down, appreciate the simple things in life, and to never take anything for granted. He is creative, funny, intelligent, loving, amazingly introspective, and always willing to lend a helping hand. At 10 years old, he has decided he wants to be a zoo keeper when he gets older. He knows where he wants to go to college and how many children he wants to have. He has a full life ahead of him and nothing will hold him back. Autism has shaped him into who he is today, and who he will become tomorrow. I wouldn't trade it for anything, and he proudly embraces it saying, “My name is Sammy. I’m Autistic and that's okay!”

Sarah, mother of Sammy
Findlay, OH