I love you
Three simple words
Most of us throw them around Loosely
Take them for granted
We say them when we hang up the phone
When a loved one leaves the house
When we kiss our little one good night
Sometimes out of habit
It’s something a mother hears a million times over a life time , that is unless your child is non verbal
Then you might never hear it
One of those things that most don’t even think about .
I have told my daughter “ I Love You “ everyday multiple times a day for her whole life .
She begin to respond and say u too and then make the kiss sound which I will do back and she will do again and I will do back ~ you get the picture . And that’s okay , I’ll take it . It’s her way and she didn’t start doing that until she was in her upper teens . It’s still special to us .
This past Summer she said I love you unprompted on her own for the first time ever . She has only said it two other times since then ~ it is wonderful every time . It’s quick and not 100 percent clear so you have to listen , pay attention .
There are some that question if people with autism display emotions . I have no doubt my daughter loves ~ I know she does and I don’t need the words but they are nice to hear .
I think for her to say it she has to truly feel it and be happy and content . The same thing with unprompted hugs and kisses . She does them but they are rare and far in few between .
Lots of hugs on command but not on her own . That makes them all the more rewarding .
Yesterday on her way into school she was standing by the car and I was getting her stuff and she said simply “I love you “.
It’s so shocking still . It makes me feel so happy and of course I say you do !?! Thank you ❤️❤️ And make a big deal out of it .
The thing with autism and having someone non verbal in your life . You learn to appreciate the little things . In fact the little things are not so little .
You have to open your heart and listen . When you think you hear something you do
You have to believe , believe in your child
Believe In your love and believe in what the future may bring