They give you two thousand characters. Not words, characters. That includes spaces and line breaks, ellipses and apostrophes. It includes quotation marks and dashes, periods and exclamation marks. The whole kit and caboodle. And let me tell you, two thousand characters ain’t much. It takes me two thousand characters to say, “Hi, my name is Jess.” But I did what I could with the space that I had.
Since space is so limited, I have to make this short. I want to be on your show – though God knows what I would wear. I’ve written a letter to President Obama imploring him to light the White House blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. In it I said:
“My daughter has autism, Mr. President. And you’re right; I love her fiercely. I love her with a ferocity and a tenderness that can only co-exist within a mother’s heart. I love her so much that there is nothing on God’s green Earth that I wouldn’t do to help mitigate her challenges. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do to make the world less foreign to her, less hostile. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do to ensure that every day when she steps outside our door, she is met with tolerance and understanding and compassion. That she is seen by the world as a full and complete human being and not as a set of challenges encompassed by a single word. There is nothing that I wouldn’t do to ensure that her talents and unique gifts are recognized, fostered and celebrated throughout her lifetime ..”
(I have to ask you to click the following link to continue reading the letter. PLEASE do. It says so much more than I can fit into 2000 characters .. http://lightthewhitehouseblue.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/this-is-my-autism/#comments. While you’re there, PLEASE read the HUNDREDS of comments from every corner of the autism community.
We are a group that can be bitterly divided at times, but here we come together – truly united behind a single purpose – creating awareness. While awareness is not the end-goal, it is the only means by which we will achieve it.
Would you help us convince the President to light the White House blue? Will YOU consider lighting your stage blue on April 2nd?
Thank you for all that you do to make our world a better place. I’d be so grateful for anything you can do for us and more importantly, for our children.
Oh yes, I really did.