. . .These "Special Kids"

A PERSONAL PIECE TO RAISE

for there are millions of these "special kids" around me each day.
for there are millions of these "special kids" around me each day.

WRITER'S NOTE: this hub is Sincerely Dedicated to my nephew, and friend, Dru Mauldin, age 11, of Panama City, Florida. I felt it was time to tell you about this very-special little guy who has touched my life so much. And to be honest, when this hub is published, I AM GOING TO TAKE A FEW DAYS OFF FROM HUBPAGES just so the pain from this awful memory will hopefully and finally be healed. But do not worry. I will be back very soon. Thank you. Kenneth)

A few years ago I happened to be in a noted, and very-famous department store. The name of the store is not important, but what I witnessed is.

From an aisle away, I overheard a lady screaming to the top of her lungs as if a criminal were robbing her in broad-open daylight. When I ran to where she was, I suddenly wished it had been just a simple act of robbery, for what I witnessed in the next five minutes not only broke my heart into, but send my spirit into a sudden rage of anger and vengeance.

The lady, who looked somewhat comfortable in life, was yelling at an autistic child, probably her child, or maybe her grandchild. It really didn't matter what relation the child was to her, but what struck me so hard was how the defenseless child who was sitting in the shopping cart, just stared into her angry eyes and absorbed her every angry word without flinching or squirming.

The woman acted as if the child had committed a major crime. And when she finished ranting, she finally asked the child, "why did you want this stupid toy?" With that line she stumbled to speak, me and the small crowd of onlookers who had gathered slowly walked away and all felt so helpless and self-loathing for not being able to do something for this little boy, a "true" child of God, if there ever was one.

But we the civilized people who witnessed this "murder-by-words," from a sensible woman, knew that thanks to the laws of our country, we could have all been sued in any court. And lost for simply wanting to keep an innocent soul from being lambasted like he was an animal.

From that time to now, the thoughts below have been growing in my heart and I felt like it was time to share with with you.

They aren't perfect in phrasing. Or in poetic time. Just my honest thoughts about how openly-evil some people can be toward an autistic child.

As you read this, please whisper a prayer for "me," that I will keep a keen sense of awareness about me as sometimes I venture into public, and sometimes cross pathways with a "special child," and the next time, I want to do what is right. Not for me. But for the "special children."

These "Special Children" . . .

They don't speak like you or me. They don't use their eyes to see.
They don't use their ears to hear. Only through purity they live so clear.
They don't speak with our words, in phrases, perfectly set in time.
They speak with rhythms and rhymes, simple little songs, and dimes that shine.
And have a peace of soul that I'd give my life if it were mine.
They don't walk the pathways we walk. No, not at all.
And when we try to walk with them, we simply mumble, stumble and fall.
We treat them like outcasts, lepers, even flaw's as tattered their shadows cast.
They have only a future, and no glimpses, signs or memories of a past.
Only a few of "us," with limbs so strong. Minds so long. Will soon see our wrong.
Our tears will flow from heart so mute. And curse our own birth from its very root.
These "special kids" know nothing but love, will touch, smile and guide broken men such as I to "their" place hidden above.
So please heed our tearful plea. Take warning to the evil you inflict on
these "special kids," who are lifetimes apart from you and me.
For in a wink so fast, you'll be faded from the race.
And will stand hand-on-hand as they see God's real face.
And evil one, be warned with truthful hue. We mortals are spent tolerating a grinding existence with shattered souls such as you.
We can forgive. We can forget. As long as our hearts grow true.
But with God, oh evil one, your abuse finds no mercy true.
Eons ago, God was lonely. And inspected His creation so huge.
Suddenly, He had to leave. To hear cries from "one of these."
He left "them" here to remind us that He is "them" to see.
These true children of God, these"special kids" who I pray will remember me.

Two images of autism

Without our understanding, autistic children are trapped with puzzles for lives.
Without our understanding, autistic children are trapped with puzzles for lives.
Autistic children do not have to walk alone when "we" reach out and offer our understanding.
Autistic children do not have to walk alone when "we" reach out and offer our understanding.
THIS IS DRU MAULDIN, MY LITTLE NEPHEW AND FRIEND WHOM THIS STORY IS DEDICATED TO.
THIS IS DRU MAULDIN, MY LITTLE NEPHEW AND FRIEND WHOM THIS STORY IS DEDICATED TO.

AUTISTIC CHILDREN

are just like any other children--full of life, energy and touch our lives. If we let them.
are just like any other children--full of life, energy and touch our lives. If we let them.

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bac2basics 4 years ago from Spain

Hi Kenneth. Stop beating yourself up. Your look to this woman shouting at her autistic child, probably said more than a million words ever could. Think also that it is hard for parents too with special children, and perhaps she had just reached a crisis and was not like that all the time. Before I left the UK where there´s a huge amount of teenage mothers, I remember at least 2 occasions when I saw these mum´s screaming abuse at their toddlers too, and it broke my heart. On the first occasion I was too far away to do anything about it, but on the second I gave the mother such a look that she stopped. We say where I´m from " if looks could kill..she´d have been dead on the spot." I know you are a special man Kenneth, it come´s across loud and clear in all you write both in hubs and your comments. non of us is capabale of saving the whole world, much as we would like to. You have made a difference in many lives but you are only human. you do the best you can, and that´s all you can do. You have made one little autistic boy´s life richer with your kindness, and understanding, and I know it won´t have stopped with him, you are that kind of a person. So...put this terrible image where it belongs...in the past, and stop beating yourself up over it. Take care my dear, and let it go. Your friend, Anne.


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justateacher 4 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

What a wonderful tribute to these special children...I have had the honor of working with these children for more than 15 years and I have learned more from them than they have ever learned from me!


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starbright 4 years ago from Scandinavia

I don't know what to write except thank you for sharing this special story with us.


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

I feel as angry and incensed as you do Kenneth. I have seen similar things with patents and children and have even gone as far as to report one case to the Child Protective Services, which was ignored. All I can say is you did well by writing this and hopefully even just one person will get the message.


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jolinabetts 4 years ago from The Philippine Islands

Hi Kenneth,

Thank you for sharing this hub, I appreciate your kind words regarding these special children.

I also like to add that there are parents who usually bring their autistic children to therapy but they don't make time for them to do activities which their therapist would recommend for them to do. The parents depend on the nanny. The parents who obviously have time to spend for their child at home after work, would rather do some other things on their spare time than having time for their child. Which is shameful. In the future, the child has no social skills.

This happens to be my nephew. Thank you for your time sharing this Kenneth.


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junko 4 years ago

Kenneth, you did what you do about the problem of autium, you wrote about it. You will reach more people with this hub then the one who you let walk away. This proves God is not finish with you yet and he can use you. Stay busy, Soldier. If I knew how to share, I'd share this with JT Walters, a freind who is impacked by Autism.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Dear Kenneth, what you witnessed is a tragedy, and your thoughts are expressed as beautiful as these special children are. If we could only hold a mirror up to the face of anger and show what it looks like to the recipient, I think shock would set in...Thank you for sharing


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catgypsy 4 years ago from the South

A very touching and important hub. It is so sad how some of these children are treated for something they can't control. What you saw can haunt you for the rest of your life but I hope this hub will help you put it somewhat in the past for you. I also hope it makes people realize that these kids need understanding and kindness. God Bless you and Dru.


Debra Emerson 4 years ago

This is a very beautiful hub. I read the what the ones before me had to say and they say it better than I ever could.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

You are awesome for writing this beautiful hub to honor Gods special ones. Thank you.


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fiftyish 4 years ago from UK & South East Asian Region

Ayup Kenneth

On a positive note, I think it's great that so many childhood conditions have been recognised today, and for the best part, they do get treated when diagnosed. Not the case just 2 generations ago :( What this means, is that 'special kids' have a much better chance of leading a life with more quality and understanding today than at any time ever.

I have a friend who was scorned as a child for being stupid, lazy, and useless, and teased by his peers, and adults alike. That friend has gone through life as a low income earner, unattached, and frustrated. He told me once that he thought someone had forgotten to install the book of life into his psyche at birth. Single, but not wanting to be, no career but wanted one, no kids, but yearned for a family, and so the list goes on.

At the age of 48 (or thereabouts), he was diagnosed with a condition called ADHD, and found out that he would have been suffering from this state as a child and carried it through to adulthood.

The point I'm trying to make is that things ain't how they used to be, whether it’s autism, ADD, ADHD, or whatever, and thank god for that ;-)

Andy Aitch


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Mellonyy 4 years ago

Incredible story....Beautiful! Thanks for sharing, kenneth avery!


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mejohnson 4 years ago

Kenneth thanks for sharing. I too have witnessed parents being nasty to their child. It is unforgivable and heartbreaking.


Michelle Mauldin 4 years ago

Thank you for letting our special needs child be a blessing in disguise, not only to me, to you and everyone he meets. Dru was very excited about you writing about him and showing his picture!! Thank you again!! Love you!!!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, bac2basics/Anne,

My friend, thank you so much, for your supportive comment. In these past few days I have been resting my emotions and getting a tighter grip on things such as this horrible incident. You are right. May (be) that this woman was having a crisis that day, but still, the little guy was defenseless. I hope that she, and those like her, although they may not be demons or monsters, will get the help that "they" need in order to appreciate the little blessings these children are.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Justateacher . . .(what have I said to you about that title, "just" a teacher?) you strike home a great point. I am convinced that I could too, learn more from Dru, than he ever could from me. Thanks, "just" for your sweet comment. And remember YOU are far MORE than Just a Teacher. Okay?

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Starbright,

you are very welcome. In all honesty, I wish it had been a "pleasure," to share this, but now I am having to regroup and take some time off to just try and get past the way this little boy was being treated.

Thanks for your support.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Thank you, Curiad, for your vote of support. You know why you never got any response don't you? Dept. of Human Services is a Government agency and full of red tape. Next time, videotape, God forbid, an incident where an autistic child is being hurt, with your cellphone and play it for the people at Dept. of Human Services. Maybe that will help. I agree with you. ONE PERSON is all I want to reach.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Jolina,

I am sorry about your nephew. And you are correct. Nannies are today's parents. Today's parents are all about success and money. And let's face it. Its the truth. If, like you say, parents with autistic children would spend only a little portion of time with them each day, what a difference it would make in both the children and parents' lives.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, Junko,

thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate that. And you are right. God isnt through with YOU and me. He has more battles for us to engage in for the right. And as for sharing, photos and all with JT Walters, also a friend of mine, I would email Team HubPages at their HELP section. They can tell you the easiest way to do this, or just email JT and tell her the name of this hub.

Whatever you choose is fine by me.

Thanks again!

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear April,

you are so right, dear friend. About holding a mirror to our faces to see how awful we look to these children. And you are welcome for the hub and I thank YOU, dear April, for your kind words.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Catgypsy,

thank you for your understanding and warmth. I hope this doesn't haunt me, but teaches me how I can do something for these "true" angels of God.

You are very Appreciated by me. And Festus.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Debra, listen to me. YOUR words and thoughts are as important as those on this hub. Never sell yourself short. And with that high IQ you have? Really, Debra! I mean it. If I were as smart as you, I would be visiting one of my stores or newspapers that I own.

Visit with me again.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

picklesandrufus,

you are very, very kind to me. And I won't forget you. This was a case of "have to," in sharing about what I witnessed. Then Dru came into my thoughts and he belonged in this hub. In every way.

Thanks again!

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hey, Andy,

I agree with you about the "things ain't like they used to be," for a long time ago, autistic people were thought of as "second class" citizens. I hate that timeframe. But thank God that things are better today for people with special needs. Thanks,man, for your appreciated contributions.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, Melonyy,

No, thank YOU, for reading and commenting on this story. I want to help raise awareness about autistic children and how blessed we are by having them in our society.

And thank you, DEAR friend, for your warm heart.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Mejohnson,

thank you so much for the sweet words and your thoughts. It is unforgivable and heartbreaking to see one of God's children being abused. I do NOT desire to be in the abuser's shoes at end of days.

Visit with me anytime.

KENNETH


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Shele,

you tell Dru that now he is a star! I mean it. And thank YOU for reading and commenting. That will not be forgotten. YOU and yours have a safe and happy day.

Love you too,

KENNY


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

This hub shows not only an insight into autism but an insight into Kenneth Avery. You are a kind and gentle man and you did what could be done in that store. The "law" is not always with us when we are right and we are left to just walk away...

God looks after his own...he gives these children the strength and beauty we can only hope for. They are special because they are beautiful.

Voted up and awesome.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Kenneth,

Your poem really touched my heart.

Bless you. This a beautiful tribute to your nephew and all children who have autism and special needs.

Voted up and away

Take care :)


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

No patience, we with common sense

when view a child with no defense

against one wealthy and so rich

just makes us want to slap the b___!

A tremendously heartfelt story, and a very good look at these precious individuals.

Great Job!


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

"THANK YOU . . .tillsontian!"

That comment of yours touches me. Really. You are also a gentle lady with a soft spirit. We need more of YOU in our world.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Susan,

Thanks is not enough from me to you about your comment on this hub. You should see Dru, my nephew. Give him two minutes, and your heart will be his. I promise. He doesnt think of himself that much. Just ways he can share fun things with the person with him.

Wish I had a heart as pure as his.

Kenneth


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kenneth avery 4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, rcrumple,

I loved YOUR poem too. Spoke my true emotions at that moment when I saw her vulgar mouth open continually with only nasty things being said to this autistic child. I wish now that a Navy Seal had been hearing hear. Ahh, what a justified dream.

Kenneth

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