Sunday, August 29, 2010

Gratitude on a morning in August

I believe you chose to be here.

I believe your soul knew what it was getting itself into.

I believe there is more going on here than I presently understand.

I know how guided you are.

I know you.

I know how worthy of a good life you are.

I know what a wonderful adventure this is for you.

I know how fun you are.

I know the contrast we face together propels us forward into an experience of joy, the likes of which "normal" can't fathom.  

I will try my damnedest to never make you responsible for my happiness or unhappiness.

When I fail I will apologize. 

I trust you to find your way.

I let go my white knuckle grip.

I honor the wisdom of your soul.

I am so very glad you are here.

So glad you are my child.


Michelle O’Neil has contributed to A Cup of Comfort for Parents of Children with Autism, and Special Gifts: Women Writers on the Heartache, the Happiness and the Hope of Raising a Special Needs Child. She has written for Literary Mama, The Imperfect ParentAge of Autism, Cool Cleveland and Sensory Integration Special Interest Section (SISIS) Quarterly Newsletter, a professional publication for occupational therapists. 

Her ten year old daughter has Asperger’s. 


  1. What a wonderful love letter to your little girl. Reading this makes me feel happy inside!

  2. Gorgeous and inspiring, Mitch-elle!

  3. Michelle-I just loved opening HP today and seeing that beautiful face smiling through my screen. A lovely letter to your awesome girl.

  4. As always, beautiful.
    "I know the contrast we face together propels us forward into an experience of joy, the likes of which "normal" can't fathom" - thank you for putting that into words. Love.