What a Mother Will Do
What a Mother Will Do Is
Long For You Before You Exist
Mourn the Unborn
Carry You Inside
Labor For You
Care for You When She is Broken
Hold You Through the Night
Know Your Smell
All of Your Smells
Miss Those Sleepless Nights When They Are Gone
Dream Of You
Dream For You
Cry For You
Hold You When You Are Sick
Lay Awake at Night Worrying about You
Swallow Her Pride for You
Feel Pride in You
Laugh with You
Tell Stories with You
Ask You About Your Day
And Really Want to Know Everything
Never Stop Believing in You
Never Stop Fighting for You
Never Stop Fighting Against Your Lesser Self
Will Always Believe You Can Become Stronger
When It is You and Her
She Will Be Your Wall
The Wall That Forces You to Keep Growing Higher
When It is You and Her Against the World
She Will Carry You When She Has No Strength Left
She Will Nurture You When She is Empty
She Will Turn and Face the Lions for You
I will never give up on you, Tyler.
I will never give up on you, Asher.
I will never let you defeat yourselves.
I will never let you accept defeat.
I will not let the lions get you.
Not while I still have a heart that beats.
And I will never stop fighting
To leave you a world that is better
Than the one you were born into.
I will always see the good in you
And push you to greater heights.
I will love your, “I love you”s.
And I will suffer your, “I hate you”s.
I will break when you are breaking.
And I will soar when you are soaring.
I am not the best mother in the world,
But I am Tyler’s Mother
And I am Asher’s Mother
And I will always
Turn and face the lions for you.
Help me bring to our children a better world. A world of acceptance and diversity. Help me bring back a sense of community and a desire to put our children first. 1 out of 54 boys and 1 out of 252 girls are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. We can no longer afford not to face the lions for these talented, sweet, struggling kids. They bring to us new perspective, new vision, and new talents. In order to do this, they see the world in a different way. This also means they communicate to the world in a different way. By providing contributions to Autism Speaks, you are helping them fund research, outreach, and family support. These three things combined with the efforts of communities can turn this epidemic from a silent struggle into a victory for all of us. You may or may not have an autistic person in your life, but you will. And you will either bless the fact that their family beat the odds and had early intervention or you will wish that somebody had done something to help that family. Please be that somebody. Please consider a donation to my Walk Now for Autism Speaks 5K Walk Fund. 100% of donations go directly to Autism Speaks. www.walknowforautismspeaks.org/arkansas/rflinchum
(c) Rachel Flinchum 7/10/2013