RecentlyI had theimmense privilegeand honortolisten tothe beautiful and heartbreaking song written in memory of Avonte Oquendo, by his uncle, Rocopera. Even over the telephone,it was apparentthat thelove he has for this child is immeasurable. The pain of this loss will never be healed.
“This song comes from a broken heart”
His heart IS broken – all of our hearts are broken. What happened to this beautiful child should never have happened.What happenedis every parents’ nightmare. Those of usthat havechildren with special needs know this fear all too well. We know that simple things like just puttingyour childon a school bus and sendinghim offto school can be terrifying. They are not with us, we are not in control, we are not there toprotect and take care of them. As the mother of an adult child with autism, I know this fear. I live this fear. – We all live this fear.
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