Mother

This is for every mother

Not only the biological mothers

Not only the adoptive mothers

 

This is for every person who embodies the meaning of motherhood

 

This is for the ones who nurture and protect

and who never consider their lives more important than the lives of the ones being nourished, educated, protected and loved.

 

I know someone like this

 

She could have been my mother

She is a friend who came to my life when I was a teenager

 

She saw me as I am

She presumed my competence

 

She allowed me to be myself

She heard my voice, she listened

 

We grew together, we grow everyday

We discover, learn and conquer

 

She will not hesitate to put her life on hold

So I can have the life I dream of

 

She will stop everything, pick up fights and make the world pay attention

So I can type my words and reveal my voice

 

She allows me to make my own mistakes

But she is always there, supporting me as I try to fix them

 

My friend is pure motherly love

She allowed me to choose her as my mother and sister, friend and ally

 

This is for her

And all the others

Who are not mothers

 

But they are

 

Image description black and white photograph of woman with short dark brown hair. She is smiling. Dark grey text reads:Amy Sequenzia Passionate Autistic activist, writer, and poet . Read more from Amy on Ollibean and visit nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com .

 

About the Author:

Amy Sequenzia is a non-speaking Autistic, multiply disabled activist and writer. Amy writes about disability rights, civil rights and human rights. She also writes poetry.
Amy has presented in several conferences in the US and abroad, and her work is featured in books about being Autistic and Disabled. Amy is deeply involved with the Neurodiversity Movement and has been outspoken about the rights and worthy of disabled people.
Amy serves on the Board of Directors of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), and the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST). http://nonspeakingautisticspeaking.blogspot.com and Autism Women’s Network. You can also follow Amy on Twitter at @AmySequenzia.

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