Carrie Cariello’s son Jack has autism; this poignant post speaks to many Forever Mothers & Fathers
Forever Mother [ for·ev·er moth·er ]: a mother who will spend the rest of her life taking care of her child’s day-to-day financial and health care needs. She will arrange appointments, oversee medical care, and manage bank accounts long into his adulthood.
I’m not sure when I started to think of myself this way. I guess it was slow—an ebbing of the life I imagined I’d have, into the one taking shape before my eyes.
Once upon a time, I had this picture in my mind of my son as an adult. Gradually, as the months became years, the edges of the photo blurred, and softened. Jack is sixteen now, and the picture I once held dear is nearly unrecognizable.
I am a Forever Mother.
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