Well hello there, all of you!
I certainly have been amazed, blown away, speechless, taken aback, and any other synonym for jaw-dropped-in-shock that’s in the Thesaurus, by the response from the last blog. What I intended as a thank you letter to a gentleman who went out of his way to help me has become a living entity on the interwebs–taking on a life of its own and reaching thousands with a “message” of tolerance, grace, and gratitude. I didn’t intend for it to become a rallying point for Autism Awareness, but somehow it has. I would like to state for the public record here and now that I am, by no means, an expert or authority on Autism. I am however an expert on our son, Josiah. That being said, I will now field all the Autism questions to advocacy and awareness groups.
I admit it, I have been dreading this act; sitting and staring at the white blog post square and blinking cursor. Ever since the site views began to climb higher than my record number (a whopping 172), I have wondered, “How do I follow that?”
If you have read any of my other blogs, you’ve seen that I’m oftentimes irreverent, foul-mouthed, snarky, and sassy. The blog post that went viral was not an accurate representation of what I typically write, although I should probably take a hint from all the “likes” and “shares” that the thank you letter got and begin writing sweet Chicken Soup for the Soul type of things.
I couldn’t if I tried. It was just a fluke, I suppose.
I told the now-famous Jedi, David Piggott, of my anxiety about my next blog.
“I have an idea.” he wrote. “You should post my reply, since hardly anyone saw it.”
“YES! That’s fantastic!” I quipped back.
So, I’ll continue to procrastinate penning my next blog, and let the master himself take care of this’un.
Hi Sharon, this is your friend the Jedi master. I just wanted to let you know that I got your beautiful thank you message. I’ve read it quite a few times and I am so moved by who you are and how you have shared this with the world.
I vividly remember you and Josiah and your daughter, and on behalf of everyone at the Jedi training academy, thank you for your sincere and heart-felt appreciation.
This story has literally gone viral like you wouldn’t believe, even to the Jedi order on the west coast and around the world!
You need to see what people have written, it’s beautiful, full of love and warms my heart. Add me on Facebook, it will surprise you!
I am most moved by who you are. A loving mother who will do anything to make sure her son experiences everything that life has to offer. Your commitment and sacrifice every single day is what makes the real difference.
You have opened people’s eyes to what it is like to have a child with autism and that even the smallest gesture can completely alter somone’s experience of life.
The ripple effect of love and compassion that you have caused is unmeasurable and just sharing this has altered people’s days, made them smile, made them cry and reminded them what it’s like to be a loving human being.
Thank you Sharon, inspired, moved and humbled…
P.s. If Josiah wants a rematch with Darth Vader, we would be more than glad to accommodate that! Please let me know.
- The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment (writeshesays.wordpress.com)