April is Autism Awareness Month. For the past month, I’ve been honored to work with other bloggers, parents, and supporters of this cause. We’ve joined together for a month-long online event-Project Autism Awareness. For more links, information, and inspiration, please visit https://www.facebook.com/PlumTreeBooks.
At the end of this post, I’ve listed other blogs, whose authors have generously donated their time and talent to share personal stories and educate readers about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
The Heart Expands
A Poem by Tonia Harris
Dedicated to Cass, and her son, Elijah
If you lean in close,
press your ears to the secret
on this child’s lips,
I will tell you
“You are not alone. I love you.”
I can teach you to fly
inside your mind.
I can teach you to sing
when tears are caught in your throat.
I can teach you to be still
when colors are too bright and the world is dizzy.
I know how it feels to get lost
in the kaleidoscope of days,
minutes ticking into years,
when fear is a weight
so pressing it chokes.
Lie down in green grass
brushed golden by the sun.
Smell the wild roses
and let your breath rest
on the wing of a dragonfly.
Take this leaf to press
between the fragile pages of memories
and always remember that it was me
who taught you that in the stillness
of one moment
the heart expands.
Blog Roll for Project Autism Awareness:
Brianna Soloski Girl Seeks Place http://girlseeksplace.wordpress.com
Niamh Clune On the Plum Tree http://ontheplumtree.wordpress.com
Karen S. Elliott The Word Shark http://karenselliott.wordpress.com
Jontybabe(JB Johnston) It’s a Crazy World! http://jontybabe.blogspot.com
Deb Hockenberry The Bumpy Road to Writing for Children http://thebumpyroadtopublishing.blogspot.com
Lorhainne Eckhart The Choice of Giving http://lorhainneeckhart.wordpress.com
Heather Reid I’d Rather be Writing www.heatherlreid.com
DiAnne Ebejer DiAnne’s Place http://ebbiesplace.blogspot.com