Oh. My. Gosh, everyone. Drop everything you’re doing and watch this immediately (it’s a 12-year-old interviewing his mother):
As a new mom myself, I often wonder what Baby I will be like when she’s older. The most obvious questions are really common ones, like, what will she be like? What will our relationship be like?
I think this video is so important because it asks new moms (or prospective moms, or not-so-new moms) to think about things that are more uncomfortable. Like:
How will my child perceive me?
How will my child perceive herself?
Will my child be “normal”? Will I want her to be? Will she want to be?
When I think about the future, I do tend to picture the all-American family: 2.4 kids, white picket fence, etc. etc. But things are rarely that way (and how boring is that, honestly!?). There are all kinds of things that can challenge a family. We have already had a taste of that tough stuff in the short time we’ve been a three-member family. And I know that even if Baby I doesn’t grow up to be on the Autism spectrum or have any other diagnosable disorder or disease, things will not always be easy.
But this video also highlights the fact that just because things are difficult, that doesn’t mean they aren’t wonderful. I can only hope to have the patience, optimism and honesty someday, when the time comes, with Baby I that this mother seems to have with her son.
Excuse me, I need a tissue.