Niagara Gazette —
The train returned and I handed the card to Lisa as we boarded. “Keep it.” She sat her son next to her and dug into her bag. “Here’s a bunch more for you. It’s called picture exchange communication.” I felt she had given me a trainload of gold.
Our son’s face filled with wonder at the sound of the train whistle. The train chugged through the countryside, the moments of distress forgotten. It seemed a fitting place to be… on a train with my husband, our contented child, an angel, and a miracle.
On the ride home, Zachary clutched his backpack of trains in one hand and a WAIT card in the other. Over the years, he gradually gave up picture communication and spoke on his own. However, I will always treasure those yellow cards ... and angels.
From the book "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Raising Kids on the Spectrum" by Dr. Rebecca Landa, Mary Beth Marsden, Nancy Burrows, and Amy Newmark. Copyright 2013 by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Chicken Soup for the Soul is a registered trademark of Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, LLC. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.