Grab the tissues because you are about the cry, happy tears that is! A photo has gone viral with a caption on it that has touched the hearts of those all over the world.
The caption reads: “See this moment? I’ve never experienced a moment like this. Yesterday was the first day my five-year-old autistic son met his new Autistic Service Dog, Tornado. We are Americans that live overseas in Japan and have prepared for nearly two years to meet Tornado.”
The photo is of a little Autistic boy sitting on the floor against his new service dog, Tornado with his mother sitting behind him crying and holding her face. The reason she is crying? She hasn’t been able to hug her son or touch him freely. She hasn’t been able to wash her son or dress him or even snuggle with him. Yet, her son is sitting against his new service dog, his new best friend, freely without anyone forcing him to do this. They seem like two pals who have known each other forever and are very comfortable with each other. Yet, they just met and he is already sitting up against his new buddy without force. How amazing is this? It just goes to show that dogs are our best friends!
The face of this mother is priceless and the actions of her son are priceless. This is the look on the face of a mother who has watched her son struggle on the playground with other kids because of his disability. This mother has sat with her son and listened to him cry at night because he is unable to connect with anyone socially outside of the family, because of Autism. It doesn’t matter how hard he has tried to connect socially with other kids and it doesn’t matter how hard he has worked with his Autism therapist. He has never made a connection with anyone outside of the family at all. However, now he sits here with his new pal, his dog, like he has known him all along.
His mother also had this to say about her son dealing with this disability:
“It is worth every fight for services for my son, every diagnosis, every new provider, every dollar spent, every paper filled out, every school meeting, every shed tear, every step forward, every step back, and every wonder of the unknown future. Somehow because of this — because of Tornado—I know everything will be okay. As a mother, I have seen countless challenging and painful moments my son has encountered and cried countless more. Yesterday, however, I cried for a different reason. It is indescribable.”
How do you feel about this photo and the way this five-year-old little boy got so close to his new dog?
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