My words made my daughter feel better, but they also made me feel better too.
Though the years, I’ve gone back and forth in my answer.
Dad’s the last one left Elfie keeps going for.
He’s a ten-year-old boy first and a ten-year-old boy with autism second.
Watching it today “hit different”, as the kids say.
Broken machines don’t give prizes. Broken people don’t give love.
This is not a metaphor. It really happened.
As Nine Inch Nails so eloquently asked, “What have I become?” A parent.
He didn’t need “fixing.” He needed love.
Depending on who said it, it meant different things and hit in different ways.