Recently Ethan has started doing music therapy. Yesterday when he was coming out of the studio, he saw my wife and I waiting for him and yelled “Mommy and daddy are here!”
Normally this wouldn’t be something you’d take notice of from an 11 year old boy, but when that boy has autism, it was a moment to bring a tear to your eye because it was the first time he has EVER said it.
We do occasionally get a “mommy” or “daddy” from him in response to a question, but never a spontaneous exclamation like this.
My wife has always felt like she was deprived of those joyous moments watching a toddler achieve a milestone… but now we are starting to enjoy those moments and they have so much more emotional impact and meaning.
Made our day in a big way 🙂