* Life

Life and death. If you have a student/child with autism, you’ll appreciate what this mom and researcher has to say. Her conversation with Tucker is precious. Hopefully, zombies will stay put in the fictional world!

366 Days of Autism

Last week on the campus where I teach a young woman took her own life. She was 18.

I didn’t know her and yet, was profoundly affected. Profoundly.

That afternoon I went home and found both of my children in the kitchen. Tucker was bringing a pizza over to the table as Estelle was reaching for two plates. They, albeit knowingly, set the environment to have a very serious discussion.

I told them about Katie. I told them what happened. I cried. Tucker asked if I knew her. I told him I did not, but that didn’t stop the hurt.

I told them that she was just too young – she had a life full of promise just waiting.
I told them that she was someone’s daughter – like you, Estelle.
I told them that she was someone’s sister – like your sister, Tucker.
I told them that she was…

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