I sat in the movie theater staring at my little boy with his eyes glued to every move of Tow Mater's.
I looked around and saw the families scattered around the movie theater- I saw familiar hand flaps, I saw Mom's arms around their child, I saw headphones, chewies, and fidget toys.
It was perfect.
I thought about how far I've come in my life.
I set up our first local sensory-friendly movie. Who would've thought five years ago that I would be doing things like this?
Life is hard with autism. I'm not going to sugar-coat it. Yet on the positive side, I have grown so much as a person by having Brian and autism in my life. I have become more compassionate, responsible, and mature. He really has shaped me into a better person, as corny as it sounds.
It made me so proud and so happy to hear other parents tell me it was their child's FIRST movie experience. It warmed my heart to see kids sitting through an entire movie (including MINE!) because of the changes I asked the movie theater to make for our private screening.
I looked around the room and thought, "This is for all of you. Even though it's just a two-hour movie. Just two hours of your life. I hope I gave you an experience that you couldn't have had otherwise."
I looked back at my little boy and thought to myself, "This is all for you. I would give you the world if I could."
A simple morning at the movie theater....life couldn't get much better than that.