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April is almost over. It is also National Autism Awareness Month and today I wanted to write about someone dear to my heart. My cousin Andrew is autistic. And I adore him. He is brilliant, caring, appreciative, loyal and so very thoughtful. I can remember the day he was born like it was yesterday. I can also remember when he was diagnosed. He was 3 years old and I really didn’t know much about autism then. I still don’t know enough.

I remember how amazed I was at the things Andrew knew as a toddler. His memory was and still is incredible. Today Andrew is great with #’s (must run in the family). He is an artist. He is a son, a grandson, a nephew, a cousin, a friend, a blessing.

Why am I reminiscing about him? Because this June Andrew will be graduating from high school and I am so proud of him and all that he has accomplished. He is all set to attend college this fall and I can’t wait to follow his journey on this new chapter in his life.

Andrew has taught me so much just by being who he is. I’m so excited for him to see just how many people will be there to honor him in June. I’m not sure that he realizes what a difference he has made. I hope that during his graduation weekend he is reminded of that many times.

(If you’d like to learn more about Autism this link provides you with some great information.)

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I usually try to let people who have made a difference in my life know that they have. That they are appreciated. Valued. I don’t always do this but I do try to during special occasions. Sometimes at Christmas or around the time of their birthday. Earlier today, as I have many other times, I wondered whether I’ve made a difference in anyones life. I know people don’t usually tell you if you have. I almost felt pained at the fact that I didn’t know. Almost like I wanted to feel loved. But why would anyone tell me? People don’t usually think to. Not until it’s too late at least. Sometimes they do; but that is rare.

Who made a difference to you today? And how did they do that? Who do you have to thank today? Will you?

By the way – Dad, thank you for never giving up on me. {just my little bit of gratitude for tonight}

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