Jackson is 6. He is full of life and energy. He is sweet, happy, funny, and smart. He also has autism. I knew something was different about Jackson by the time he was 3 years old. I wasn’t expecting the “A” word though. Jackson talked, he communicated his needs, he was affectionate. He couldn’t possibly have autism! One doctor even said there was no way it was autism, because if it was – he would be sitting in the corner not talking. Boy was he ever wrong. Autism is a big part of our lives now. A lot of things have changed since autism came into our lives. But Jackson isn’t any different. He is the same kid who lights up my life and makes my day when he says, “I love you, Mommy” or “you’re the best mommy in the whole wide world.” It can be tough though. We spend a lot of time with therapists working on things that come naturally to most kids. It can be really frustrating when he repeats the same scene of a movie over and over again. The day Jackson was born was, is, and will always be the best day of my life. I wouldn’t change a thing about him even if I could. I love him just the way he is, movie quotes and all.
Melissa, mother of Jackson