From the mom in the picture: See this moment? I’ve never experienced a moment like this. I thought about not sharing it for the embarrassment of my ugly cry face, but I decided it’s too important not to share. This picture was taken near the end of the day after my autistic five-year-old was finally able to sit down with his new Service Dog Tornado. He flew across the entire ocean, stopped in multiple states, and uprooted his entire routine to travel the globe for this.
He was so overwhelmed through the day that he had to leave to take a break for a couple of hours before he could come back. This boy is the strongest child I have ever met; he has faced countless rude and ignorant adults and children who do not understand him, who have hurt him, and who have not valued him because he is different. This picture captures the face of a mother who saw her child, who she can’t hug, wash, dress, snuggle and touch freely lay on his new