Takin’ it to the MAX!

Before I retire for the night….

Little did I know yesterday when I put my thoughts into words about that horrendous letter that was circulating to Brenda, the grandmother of Max, who lives with autism, the way my world would be affected.

I do not know this family (unfortunately) but I could not stay silent about the way one person chose to react to Max, a 13 year old boy.  13.  

So I wrote what I would like to say to that person.  I wanted to show Max and his family that not all people thought that way.  Good grief, not even most people thought that way.  I wanted to, in some small way, do something.

People started reading my response.  People started sharing it.  And sharing it.  And sharing it.  On my page alone, I have had over 3,000 shares.  Not counting how many other times it was shared through other people.  Blown away does not even begin to describe what I was seeing in my inbox, on my news feed and through conversations.

A dialogue was started.  People shared stories.  Neighbours asked questions.  New acquaintances were made.

At the end of the day that nasty letter has done far more good than harm.  Don’t get me wrong ~ the pain inflicted by the choice to write that letter in the first place will never be forgotten, but hopefully it will be overshadowed by the good that has come from it.  

We live in a world, a country, a province, a state, a city, a neighbourhood where good can prevail.  Let’s hold onto that thought tightly tonight and hopefully we’ll all sleep a little better.  I know I certainly will.

Until next time…

About angeloftheisland

Welcome to An Angel’s Island. I’m Tracey (aka angeloftheisland). I’m also Mom to 19 year old Matthew who constantly keeps me on my toes. He’s our “special” boy who shows us daily how he deals with the world of ADHD, a Nonverbal Learning Disorder and Asperger’s Syndrome. He’s my hero. Marcus is 8 and reminds me everyday that he’s in no way going to make the school years boring for his Dad and me!! I’m also wife to Mike for 25 years now. Mike is my best friend and soul-mate and he has showed me over the years, that yes – dreams do come true. Our life may not be the most exciting but there’s always something going on. Welcome to our Happy Place, newly renamed Hilliard's Happy Hideaway. I hope you enjoy what I’ve shared about our family.
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2 Responses to Takin’ it to the MAX!

  1. My name is Heather and I live in England,I was one of the people who saw the letter on fb,and then I came across your letter that you wrote.
    From your letter I came across this page and have subscribed to your blog, you have a wonderful way of telling about your life and family.
    I read the blog about meeting the man I know as the dog whisper I felt I was with you, the way you described the excitement 🙂 of Mat meeting his idol.
    As for who ever wrote that letter I felt anger,but also pity because they must have a very shallow life,to have written such a letter,and so much anger manifesting inside them.
    Whatever their reason it has certainly back fired and has made me and I am sure you and your family see there is still a lot of compassion in the world.
    It has certainly made society talk about the world,and what we have to live with these days,even in the 21st century.
    People’s perceptions of each other’s lives often makes me smile,as we never know what happens behind closed doors.
    My daughter was diagnosed with adhd when she was 8,she is now 19, it is a very misunderstood condition,and girls seemed to get missed in diagnosis.
    As a special needs nurse who had looked after adults and children with special needs for 15 yrs,it was certainly challenging during her childhood years.
    I am now disabled myself,and have to use a wheelchair,and knowing people’s attitude decided to pimp my wheelchair with butterflies all over it.
    It has had the reaction I expected from people, it has broken down the barrier as people talk to me.Strip the wheelchair back to being dull and boring they would not speak at all.
    I thought to myself if I have to be in this chair, then I want to be noticed and it has certainly done that :-).
    So your story has reached across the pond, and I look forward to reading your blogs.
    Take care
    Heather xxxx


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