At some point, just about every kid feels alone, and like they don’t quite fit in anywhere.
Sometimes, circumstances outside of their control make them feel even more alone, like the little girl who was bullied at school until bikers came to her defense.
There are a lot of situations where kids can feel isolated, despite the best efforts of their parents and teachers.
For one young man on the autism spectrum, it took a writing assignment in school to help clarify exactly how he was feeling to his parents and teachers, in a lovely, self-aware poem about feeling out-of-touch and isolated.
Benjamin Giroux, a fifth-grader, was given an assignment to write a poem using the phrases “I am” and “I wonder.”
Those two simple phrases quickly grew into a staggeringly touching poem that left his mother and his father, Sonny Giroux, blown away by their son’s nuanced handling of the assignment.
More importantly, the poem — which has gone viral on the Facebook page for the National Autism Association — helps to prove a very important point: Benjamin is accepted; the attention the poem has received tells the whole story.
Read on to experience his touching words…
[H/T: Huffington Post]