Oliver’s autism means that sometimes it is hard for us to connect. We can be in the same room, but not really together. It is a challenging experience to articulate to be together, but apart. Sometimes (for days) it feels like he is locked away from me, but this weekend at the beach he was all there. His sweet smile, his engaged eyes, his gentle touch to my face (almost as if he hadn’t seen me in a long time) made this mama’s heart melt 💕 The connecting didn’t stop with people, he was enthralled with the ocean and sand like a kid who had never seen a wave crash. He experienced so much wonder and joy in those hours. To see the world through his eyes is...spellbinding. Connecting, really connecting, to other people and God’s creation is such a gift. Let us not take it for granted.