Grandma’s camera. I am seeing a pattern begin with the older two. Often, one of them will either start to run for cover or turn up a lower lip making a naughty shot that says pouting is what you are getting on film. Or Ava, my only grand-daughter, is fond of simply turning her head down so I have a nice shot of the top of her head. At least her mom puts pretty bows up there so I have a shot of a gorgeous bow for her in years to come. Lately, though, I have found if I keep clicking my camera away, laughing all the while, eventually she will look up. And then, I get the perfect picture of her smile! Boy, what we Grandmas have to do to get a good picture. Delete ten bad ones to get one good one.
Our walking team was there to also show our support for the boys best supporters of all, their immediate family. Every day my son, my daughter-in-law and their big sister Ava live with autism, the work and challenges that go into life with autism, never complaining, never questioning, just loving and accepting the challenges and moving forward. They are the face of an American family dealing with a life altering diagnosis that is forever changing the landscape of their life. In reality, it is affecting all of our communities, it is just some citizens have their heads turned downward, like Ava occasionally does. Eventually, just like I tell Ava, everyone in the communities will have to lift their heads up, look around and see....it is there. You can't keep your head down forever.