Photo by Connerton Photography
Hi, I’m Jess. My husband, *Luau* and I have two beautiful daughters – our thirteen year-old, *Katie* is an utterly fabulous, compassionate, generous, creative, loving high school freshman who for the life of her can’t seem to remember where she put .. well .. anything. Her little sister, *Brooke*, twelve, is an affectionate, talented, hilarious, autistic seventh grader.
I will be forever grateful to Brooke for unwittingly breaking my insular little world wide open. For allowing me — nay, forcing me — to see the beauty of difference, the light and color and startling depth of dimension in the full range of the human spectrum. For giving me the gift of a life well-lived thanks to the variety and the quality of the people in it. I owe her — and autism — more than I can ever begin to repay.
Above all, I am proud beyond my wildest dreams of my girls and I thank God every day for blessing me beyond measure with this incredible life.
** not their real names **
To learn more about why I describe Brooke as autistic, rather than ‘having autism’ , please click HERE.