When 10-year-old Benjamin Giroux was given a homework by his teacher, he immediately grabbed the chance to share what it's like for him to live with autism.
On the poem written by Benjamin, he admitted that his autism had made him feel odd. Although he admitted to be somewhat like everyone else, he said that he understood that at some point he is just not.
"I Am", written by young Benjamin, perfectly shows the life he is forced to live, his insecurities, fears and what it has made him feel.
The message of his poem was clear and vivid that sowhen Benjamin's father Sonny read it, he was brought to tears.
"I feel like a boy in outer space
I touch the stars and feel out of place"
"I say I ‘feel like a castaway’ / I dream of a day that thats okay"
Reading these lines and knowing it was written by their own child have made it felt tormenting for Sonny and his wife.
"We were both so proud, and yet so heartbroken, that this was how he felt," the father shared with Huffington Post.
Thanks to the National Autism Association who shared the boy's post, the story went viral, giving people a better perspective on what it is like for them to live with autism.
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