My Son’s Plans for the Future

Children diagnosed with the autism syndrome see the world differently; think most of us know this. It is a “lens” unfamiliar for most of us. We just don’t understand things sometimes but getting a chance to see through their eyes is a beautiful experience. Let me take you through a glimpse into our son’s mind with something that occurred over the summer.

One day my son was in the back seat of the car as my wife drove with him to the grocery store after school. Here’s a conversation that took place between them:

(Driving home after a grocery run)
Diego: Mami, you see those apartments right there?
Me: Yes.

Diego: They have a pet park.
Me: How do you know?

Diego: There’s a sign.
Me: Is that a place you’d like to live one day because it has a pet park?

Diego: Yes, after college, I’m gonna live here. But only for 5 yrs.
(Mentally celebrating because he’s planning to go to college.)
Me: Why only 5 years?

Diego: I’m going to live in 4 different states for 5 years each: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon.
Me: Why only 5 years?

Diego: Because I have to experience new things. I can’t learn new things if I’m stuck in one place. I have to move on, keep my life moving forward.
Me: Ok. What’s your plan?

Diego: What I said before.
Me: Ok. What are you planning to do… (he interrupts my question)

Diego: You know, Mami, my past lives in my heart. I can pull out memories when I need them because I’ve saved all of them in my heart. The present lives in my brain cause I’m still thinking about things. I haven’t figured everything out yet. My future lives in my eyes. It’s what I see in front of me that I haven’t gotten to yet. I can see it. One day I’ll get there, but not yet.
Me: I love you, D!

What else could I say or ask after such profound thoughts?

He was 10 years old when he said that. Love every moment with your child because their minds will amaze you!

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