“I would not change my son for the world.  But I would change the world for my son.”

-Unknown (But kindly shared by Joanne Eaton-a reader)

(If anyone knows who said this, please let me know.)

6 responses »

  1. Christy says:

    LOVE the sentiment behind it. I would only change things that cause my son pain as well, Katie….but then again, much of that has still shaped him to be the person he is and it’s hard to imagine him differently. And I’m fairly certain if there was some way we could take on the pain ourselves we’d all do it in an instant, but it would change who we are and our abilities to care for our children.

  2. Kelly says:

    I totally agree with you Flappiness and disagree with Katie. My son is happy, very happy, so why would I change that. Our kids are wonderful and if we took the autism away, they would not be the children we love.

    The world is what needs the change, not our children. The news is surely evidence of that.

  3. Lori Orrico says:

    Reminds me of another one I’ve heard that struck such a chord in me…”When I had my son I couldn’t wait to teach him all about the world. Now I am teaching the world all about my son.” So true! Thanks for such wonderful posts!

  4. Katie says:

    Whilst I like the sentiment of this quote regarding wanting to change the world for the benefit of your own child (and others like them), the harsh truth is I WOULD change my son. I would change the fact that he is so fearful of certain things, and so extremely anxious. I would rather he were toilet trained. I would cure his hyperacusis that causes him pain and fear. I love my son and his quirky nature and whilst some things could be eased by an understanding and emphatic society, other things related to his autism are just a fact of life.

    • FlappinessIs says:

      I know what you’re trying to say. Of course, I would change some of his behaviors or lack of behaviors. It’s HIM I wouldn’t change. The part that makes him Callum vs. some other autistic child. He is welcome to be as quirky as he wants. But I do plan to do everything in my power to help him talk.

  5. Jen says:

    I don’t know who may have said it originally, but it is so true!

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