A friend texted me around 1 p.m. today. She used more than 160 characters but as soon as I saw the “Avonte,” I knew what she had to tell me.
Both of us have children on the autism spectrum. I wanted desperately since October to be proven wrong, because I was a realist on the outside and a secret idealist.
I told her that I was in shock but not shocked by the news. The local stations had reported the possibility since last week.
I cannot think. I feel and it is too great for me to share. That’s why I told my friend that I felt a pain, a reverberating pain, as if once I read the words the parents of Avonte reached out to the whole world with that pain.
I’m not ready to think yet. We are all feeling this shared pain tonight.
I don’t think I will sleep well tonight.