I would like for you to think about one word before you consider entering our son's world...
Why do you want to spend time with my son? Is it to gain experience because you are considering becoming a professional within the special needs community? Do you have aspirations of one day becoming a special education teacher or an autism therapist? Or have you been asked by a teacher to think about organizations that serve the less fortunate that you could volunteer your time to? Perhaps earn those volunteer hours that you are required to meet in order to graduate? Do you need something inspirational such as befriending a special needs child to look good on your college resume? Or perhaps hoping that one of your moments will be captured and shared gaining National attention on social media? Or maybe it’s your parents that have approached you with the idea of spending time with someone that has it worse off than you hoping to see your attitude and perspective on life change for the better.
If one of these reasons are why you would like to join my son’s world than please spare my husband and I, my son, and his brothers the heartache and walk away… My son is not a tool to be used. He is not an experience to be made. He is a human being with a heart and a soul. He won’t know your intentions but rather he'll think that you truly want to be his friend. He's not aware that he'll only see you for only 40 hours until your volunteer time is up, but rather, he'll hope to be with you longer as the friendship nurtures and grows. He won't know that you'll be studying his behavior so you can add it to your research, but rather, he'll think that you truly want to get to know him as the person he was created to be.
If you have a longing to be needed and truly want to help someone in need, than PLEASE join us in our world. If at times you feel that you have nothing to give or that no one sees you, than PLEASE join us in our world. If you feel misunderstood, left out, and need a friend than PLEASE we need you in our world.
As Dillon’s mother I have seen firsthand the impact God has made working through my son to reach those that need His love and care. Dillon has been a mirror reflecting God’s grace. He has worked through Dillon to open the hearts of the hurting replacing their pain with his healing love. Through Dillon’s vulnerabilities God has made us more aware of our own vulnerabilities in which compassion, empathy and understanding is shared. I have seen the lives of so many teens change because of the time that they have spent with Dillon and the life lessons that have been learned. Some have shared with me the impact these lessons have made which have touched my heart more than words can say.
I am truly sorry if my thoughts have hurt you in any way. That was not my intention in sharing my heart with you. My hope is that you know how much of an impact you can make in the lives of those you meet by simply being a friend. You have so much to give! We all have an opportunity each day to use our words and actions to build one another up and to befriend those in need.
We all need each other!