Let them be who they are

Elliott made his triumphant return to the classroom, if only for a day. He had state testing and it went well, at least as far as he can tell. Mr. Elliott decided to dress up in his cosplay outfit, which I wasn’t sure about. Personally, I didn’t care if he wore it but I was a little concerned about how people would react. It wasn’t anything crazy but it certainly wasn’t street clothes. I didn’t want him to be in an uncomfortable situation.

He told me he wanted to do this while last night and I had my concerns but ultimately decided to let him be him.

Apparently, cosplay is a big thing in his class, so no one thought anything of it.

Also, I respect the shit out of Elliott’s confidence. He gives exactly zero fucks about what other people think and he’s true to himself. He’s such an amazing kid and I couldn’t be prouder to be his dad.

It’s sometimes hard for me to wrap my head around just how profoundly our lives have change in the last few months. I absolutely love my life. I love my kids. I love my job.

The kids are doing well and they’re excited to move forward. I feel like we are finally unstuck and able to begin living life once again.

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Victoria

As a former ‘weird kid’ I want to point out that it may not be confidence that is driving Elliott but the exact opposite. Lots of people who don’t want to be noticed wear things that get them noticed because then they are in control of it. Elliott is the middle child between 2 brothers who get infinitely more attention than him because of their diagnoses and now there is a new woman taking even more attention away. The cosplay at school is very possibly about low self esteem and a desire to fade away, not confidence.

Curtis G.

Finally a light at the end of the tunnel and Ashlee’s holding the light. Much continued success to you, your sons and of course this new extraordinary woman who has come into you and your son’s life. So glad things are working out for all of you.

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