Mother’s Day is a special opportunity to recognize the importance of moms in our society.
But today is about more than just celebrating motherhood for our Autism community.
Simply put to all our mothers out there, today is a day to honor your commitment and sacrifice.
You are a mother. You are a warrior for your children.
Being part of a military society, the term warrior is often associated with the lifestyle of service. This is you in more ways that you know.
You fight, you face the challenges that families not in the military might not appreciate and you are what make today’s military family function.
Whether serving on active duty, Guardsman or Reservist, or as the critical role of Commander in Chief della casa, you play a crucial role in keeping the family as a cohesive unit.
There are so many facets to your service: deployments, exercises, TDYs, permanent change of station moves, operational necessity, and being the rock for others. You are at the center of all these, regardless of whether you wear the uniform or not. The work may feel unappreciated, but you are very much appreciated.
The mother warrior deals with all the above, with life and and something more. There is Autism Spectrum Disorder and perhaps other challenges as a special needs parent.
To all of you who never back down and never give up, the community salutes you. You are the brave, the inspiring and the ones who are changing the world.
You are part of the military community, yet different. You are part of the Autism community, yet different. You are a Mother Warrior and deserve recognition for all you do through the tough fight to set your children up for success in this tough world.
This is no slight to the dads, who celebrate a day of their own next month, but every one of them are most likely to give the credit to the mom. It’s important to note that on our Facebook page 80 percent ( up from 77 percent last year) of the over 2,100 community members are women. While all might not be mothers, a large proportion of the commenters on our daily questions, posts and interactions are.
It’s these mother warriors asking the questions no one wants to answer to find a solution that doesn’t exist for children on the autism spectrum. These mother warriors are persistent and showing the true love they have for their children by never, never, never giving up.
Thank you moms for keeping up the fight in our war on autism. Together we can make a difference!