I cant even begin to express how proud I am of Azure. This morning he took First Place for 2nd Grade in the Young Authors Contest. I really was about to cry as you can tell by my voice in the video. To think this moment almost didn't happen.

Many of you know that Azure is on the Autism Spectrum and it can be challenging at times. We started on his book writing process several times but I just could not get him to focus. So I gave up and I told his teacher one morning that he... decided not to do it. She looked a little disappointed because Azure writes little books almost everyday for his class. Her look of disappointment and my feeling of guilt for giving up stuck with me all day. I remembered what Temple Gradin said about not being afraid to push your children out of their comfort zone, and so when he came home we buckled down together. Over the course of the next few days I had to exhibit extreme patience (lots of deep breaths), but I was able to get him to focus on the task at hand. His book, his story, his words, and his drawings was a labor of love and patience.

That proud smile on his face is absolutely everything. He earned that smile and I earned my proud tears. So next time I feel like throwing in the towel I'll remember his smile and just keep pushing forward. He can do anything he puts his mind to. Having Autism is not a deterrent from greatness!
#AutismAwareness #AutismSpeaks #ProudAutismParent

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