If my child was a flower

glowing flowerIf my child was a flower… would he realize that he was different from the other flowers?

Would he know that he looked the same and yet didn’t fit in with the rest? Would he know that his scent was a little different from the others, that he was a little less vibrant, a little less tall and sturdy?

Would he know that even though he’s mostly the same that he’s different enough for some people to think he’s a weed?

If my child was a flower… would he wish that he could be in a flower pot by himself? Would he wish that he the other flowers didn’t seem so foreign to him?

Would he question the soil in which he lives? Would he question whether or not his water is different? Would he blame the sun?

If my child was a flower… would he hate being stuck where he is? Mixed in among the rest of the flowers, invisible yet obviously different.

Would he know that he’ll be the last one picked? Would he know that most of the other flowers don’t want him there?

Would he care?

If my child was a flower… he’d be the only flower in the group with a hidden element, a special property… the one compound that could be harvested and made into a healing agent. He’d be the only flower in the group that could help the blind to see, help the unloved to feel loved… to help the lost be found.

Will he ever be given the opportunity? Will someone love him enough to discover what is hidden deep within him?

If my child was a flower… he would be a very special flower indeed.

About Stuart Duncan

My name is Stuart Duncan, creator of http://www.stuartduncan.name. My oldest son (Cameron) has Autism while my younger son (Tyler) does not. I am a work from home web developer with a background in radio. I do my very best to stay educated and do what ever is necessary to ensure my children have the tools they need to thrive. I share my stories and experiences in an effort to further grow and strengthen the online Autism community and to promote Autism Understanding and Acceptance.

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2 Responses to If my child was a flower

  1. Angel G July 6, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

    Perhaps he would notice that he was a little different flower than all the other flowers.

    My hope is that he’d also realize that all the flowers are a little different then all the others. Smells, colours, lengths. I also hope the your flower realizes that it’s all good. Each flower has it’s purpose. One is to feed the birds as they go by. One is to help the bees fertilize and continue that cycle. And some are meant to be picked and given to loved one.

    I hope that all the flowers our there realize, just as the ‘real flowers’ in nature realize – we all have a purpose in life and that purpose is to make it better for the next generation. Each and every one of us.

    And if I may carry this analogy a little further. If I had seen the Cameron flower in a garden, maybe a little more colourful then his mates. Maybe a few more weeds around him because he befriends everyone. I would pick him first. Because, unlike the world of humans, the world of flowers it seems the rules are the one that stands out is the most beautiful one – at least to me.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about how Cam is as a flower or in this all too real world – he’d be fine. I just have a feeling that he’ll be just fine.

  2. Claire July 6, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    Both Stuart’s and Angel’s analogies were beautiful. I like thinking I actually hand picked my son from the garden. June 30 was our 9 year anniversary of sharing our lives together. I took in a scared, shy little boy of 4 yrs into my heart and he has never left my sight since. Yes, he is my one special flower that blooms with great big eyes filled with love.

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