I loved you more than I could ever love myself and you took advantage of that, I gave you my entire universe while you only mustered up the clouds in the sky for me. I hope when you’re alone and your world is dark that you think about me, remember I was the one light in your life when everything was crumbling around you. I hope one day the pain in my heart hits you like a fucking train.
I’m letting you go. (via rawplant)

Someone walks over to our step to say hello. She bends at the waist, looming over Brooke.

Brooke doesn’t look up. She doesn’t stop stripping her stick.

Dig. Pull. Dig. Pull.

Our visitor reaches out a hand and cups it below Brooke’s chin.

I freeze. Oh God.

She uses the hand to pull Brooke’s head up by the jaw.

A thin line of panic starts somewhere deep. I know that Brooke is going to scream. 5,4,3,2 …

She does scream, but not in the way that I expect.

“I HATE BEING TOUCHED!!” she shouts.

I am flabbergasted.

Words. Self-awareness. Communication. Self-advocacy.

I know the sentence will need to be reformatted. But I am drenched in pride.

I turn to Brooke. “Great job telling us how you feel, Brooke. Really great job.” I hope that my words send a message to both of them. I stand with my girl.

Our visitor is undaunted.

“I just want to see that beautiful face,” she says. “Lift up for me.”

I am stymied by etiquette. By deference to our host. By generational difference. By convention.

Brooke is not.

She lifts her head as instructed. And growls.

This has probably been posted before, but this knocks me for a loop - a blogger and her autistic daughter had the opportunity to meet Suzanne Wright of Autism Speaks, and this is how one of the noisiest voice in the autism community treated her daughter.

What knocks me for a loop isn’t so much Wright’s awful behavior. It’s the unbelievable strength and self-advocacy that the blogger Jess’s daughter, Brooke, shows when someone violates her personal space. It’s her mother backing her up for making sure someone knows that they are not permitted to touch her unless she says it’s okay. Honestly, it’s heartening. I hope Wright felt real fucking uncomfortable. She should.

(via chantrykomori) YOU GO, GIRL!!!!! (via primadraggle)

I am so happy!! Brooke’s mother does beautiful things & posts such real, inspiring and respectful things to bring light to how autism is for her daughter. I generally stray away from commenting or posting about it because I feel weird about her blogging about her daughter(s) but she asks them for consent every time!!!! & she respects that!!! …and I honestly just don’t have the words to describe how comforting her Facebook posts are. I did those things when I was a kid (short of knowing why or being self aware or being able to stand up for my personal space), and it feels so good to see parents supporting their kids and letting their kids have voices & choices in their social environments…