“I would like people to stop pressuring children to make friends. Friendships can’t be artificially created.”
– Naoki Higashida, translated by KA Yoshida and David Mitchell
This quote resonated with me the moment I read it. You could say it’s the very first thing that planted the seed of an idea in my mind – an idea to post something about autism. You see, I am blessed to have deep and abiding friendships that definitely weren’t artificially created. It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows for us, but we grew up and we’re in a much better place now. We have learned to not just love each other, but to protect and care for each other like family, especially when one of us is going through a tough time. That’s why when two of our close friends’ lovable little boy was diagnosed with autism, one of the first things we did was research on books about autism and look for them in different bookstores like we’re on a wild treasure hunt. We’re proud booknerds, so don’t be surprised. That’s our idea of a quest. Haha. Besides, knowledge truly is a powerful weapon.