My 21 year old son Jordan has Austim. It doesn't define who he is but it has been a part of him that has made for interesting and challenging times. Today I saw something that made me cry....with happiness and a bit of pride. Letting me know that all those bad times were worth it. As I was dropping him off to his Day Hab program that he attends while I am at work,I saw him greet another fellow Day Hab attendee and his mother. "Good Morning...how are you?" he asked. The next part is rote but I don't care... Jordan ALWAYS answers "I am fine...I'm really good". Sometimes he even has his answer out before he's even asked! (I love that about him!) He then proceeded to open the door for the two people he had just greeted and then looked at me and said "Bye Mom". Seriously...I bawled as I drove away. About 19 years ago I lost my once babbling son to Austim and there was no communication... nothing. As I observed my son that morning I was flooded with emotion. It struck me how far he has come...how much he has conquered...how much he has learned and applied to the world around him. Yes you can be around him for a bit and realize that something is different but by heavens this boy just wants to be like everyone else. He won't of course and quite honestly I wouldn't want him too. He IS Jordan...everything about him makes him Jordan. I wouldn't change a thing. He has touched so many lives and their lives have touched him. He is truly an amazing person and I learn something new about him all the time. He is funny and has a sense of humor. He recently teased me...I loved it! He is smart,quick, and stealthy. He has an incredible memory and knows ALOT about Disney and movies in general. He can get you anywhere you need to be because he is a human GPS. He loves hugs and baths. I could go on and on. He makes people smile wherever he goes. He has no fears (besides bugs), no expectations, no worries. He loves unconditionally and is a joy to be around. I see him blossoming into this young man coming into his own and it makes me happy. Autism is not an easy thing to live with. It has consumed and dictated how we have lived our lives....but I can't imagine living any other way. I thank my son for reminding me how wonderful life is and how very lucky we are to have each other.