|Handsome son with Leia the Lovable|
He had a terrific high school experience and lots of "friends" there - not kids that came to the house but people he could talk to, eat lunch and share fun stories with. But after graduation, they all went their separate ways as young adults tend to do. He stays connected through Facebook and although his old friends claim they miss him, they don't make an attempt to visit him. He's even having problems making friends in an online game that he plays. The reasons seem to be that he types too slow, or doesn't roleplay "well enough". So what can a guy do?
I'll tell you what he does. He cries about it. Not all the time but enough to be miserable. And more than enough to break his Mother's heart. Because, while there isn't anything I wouldn't do for him, I can't make friends for him. Only he can do that. But I will always be there to take him places, to encourage him to reach out to others and show them what a great guy he really is, and to give him a hug when he is feeling especially lonely. And pray for a better day tomorrow for my precious kiddo.
If you're reading this, encourage your children and others to give a disabled person a chance. Most of them are just like you and me and want to be appreciated, respected and befriended. Imagine not having a single person to call a friend. You may just be the one person to make all the difference in someone's world.