I know that some people are curious to know Luke’s autism story from birth to diagnosis. I sat here and typed it all out. It took a couple of hours, but then, as I sat back and read it, I realized that it didn’t really tell you about Luke at all. So, I erased it and started over.
Luke is so much more than the sum total of his autistic symptoms.
Luke is funny.
I can’t tell you how much this kid makes me laugh!
Luke is sweet.
He loves to snuggle and gives me tons of hugs and kisses.
Luke is kind.
He never shows aggression to anyone – including his little sister.
Luke is happy.
He is always giggling and smiling. He has the best giggle in the world.
Luke is a hard-worker.
He goes to school and spends hours each week in therapy, and he gives it his all.
Luke is fun.
Luke loves to go places and see and do new and exciting things like surfing, swimming with dolphins, and going to Disney World.
Luke is a good kid.
He always listens to his parents and teachers, and obeys without complaint.
Luke is smart.
He finds ever more creative ways to get his hands on the TV remote (which we are constantly having to hide), and he knows that the best way to get what he wants is to hit up Grandma.
Luke has autism, but he is not defined by being autistic – just like you are not defined by being near-sighted or right-handed or brown-eyed.
He is, first and foremost, a human being created and loved by God, full of purpose and potential.
Luke is beautiful.