Lisa Southall is 42 years old and considers herself a very blessed individual, as she is mother to three wonderful children whom she grows prouder of every day. She is also an assistant principal in a secondary school. Lisa began writing poems many years ago for special events and occasions but now has written a range of poems, on a range of topics, that she hopes to get published. Most of her poems are based on life and experiences or observations. Lisa was inspired to write this poem as, along with being a mom, she is an auntie to six wonderful nephews, two of whom have an autism diagnosis. This has made her realize both the joy and heartache of autism, and the challenges her sisters face daily. Lisa thinks it is important to remind people that children with autism are amazing and special and that they want acceptance and understanding along with the rest of us.