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To the bus driver I do not know,

You don’t understand how hard it is to let go of my child’s hand in the morning and hand him over to you.

You don’t know how long it took me to make this decision . . . to let him ride the bus

Some may say it’s brave or courageous to trust another with your child’s life.

I sometimes think it can be daring but also really unwise. 

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In today’s world, we must worry about things that could happen.

Yes, I understand it’s hard for most parents to watch their child drive away on a bus with strangers they might not know.

But in my world, this is a far greater fear. 

Imagine your child not being able to communicate with you

Imagine your child not being able to tell you if someone was mean or abused him.

Imagine your child coming home with scratches or bruises and you don’t know how they got there. 

Imagine your child in the hands of another, and they were not cautious.

Just know that when I let go of that precious hand, I am putting all of my faith in you. 

I am trusting you to take care of my pride and joy. 

I am trusting you to get him safely to and from school. 

I am trusting that you enjoy his company and don’t just ignore him. 

I am putting my trust and faith in humankind. 

I am giving you my whole world.

I am trusting you will care for him like he is your own. 

I am trusting he makes it home safely.

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As a parent, you quickly realize life is one long series of letting go . . .

Watching your child learn to crawl.

Then walk.

Then run.

And then drive away.

Originally published on the author’s Facebook page

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Alicia Kiechle

My name is Alicia. I am a proud mother of two amazing kids. I have a beautiful daughter named Morgan who is 7 years old and I have an energetic son Kyle who is 4 years old. Kyle was diagnosed on the autism spectrum and is currently nonverbal. Kyle has opened my eyes to a whole new world and a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Love needs no words!”  I am also a Reading Specialist in an all-inclusive elementary school, and I have taken on the role as the autism advocate and coach within the building. I started this group because when my son was first diagnosed at the age of two, I had no one in my life who could understand what I was going through until I found a few autism blogs online that changed my life. So, in return, I want to help other autism parents like myself by sharing our journey, so they don’t feel so alone like I did at first. I want to help teach everyone to always choose kindness and to “Be Kind For Kyle.”

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