You are an incredible father, a wonderful husband, and my best friend.
Though he doesn’t have the words to tell you with his voice, I see the love and adoration shining in Nik’s face every time you walk into a room.
It’s evident in his squeals of delight when you give him a bath or tell him you’re taking him to the park.
It’s there in the way he trots around the yard— “helping” you do yardwork; the way he sits on the vaccum cleaner when you vaccum (yes, Niksdad vaccums!), reveling in the special game the two of you play.
It’s clear from the way he “helps” put the laundry in the dryer and plays with you in the pool.
He knows when you are gone on the nights you work and he looks for you in the morning when he gets up.
He may not say it with words —and I may not say it often enough— but it’s clear to us that you are a super dad. We love you.
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My dear friend, Stimey, has written a beautiful and moving tribute to celebrate the dads of children with autism (and other special needs) which is online in today’s Washington Times “Autism Unexpected” column in the Communities section. I hope you’ll take a moment to read it and share it with the special dads you know.