I wrote this post in 2012, 7 years ago. I never did find out what happened to Bella's leg. Every post we've ever written about April and World Autism Day stands the test of time, and is "ever-green." And black. And blue.
By Kim Rossi (written as Stagliano
Today is April 2nd. Some are celebrating Autism Awareness Day. I am not. To me, today is like Good Friday and Yom Kippur - somber days of reflection.
Above is a photo of my daughter's leg. She has autism. A week ago, I put her into the bathtub, and while undressing her - was visually assaulted by these two angry red scratches - parallel, as you can see.
I touched them. She winced. She did not say to me, "Mama, I hurt myself doing such and such." I held back tears and examined her wounds. Did she scrape against something sharp under the kitchen table? I've been feeling under surfaces ever since, trying to find the nails or screws that bit into her tender flesh.
I have no idea how my child was so badly hurt. She was at home all day. She can not speak to tell me. My daughter has autism.
Take a look at her leg. The scratches. The black.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her new novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is on SALE for $.99 as an ebook and is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.