‘Last night, I had a dream my non-verbal son said, ‘I love you.’ I awoke in tears. Deep in my heart, I wish I could hear his voice.’: Special needs mom says ‘I hope he knows how much I love him’

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“It happened again last night.
I had a dream and I heard my non-verbal son Rory’s voice.
He spoke.

He said, ‘Mom, I missed you.’

In total shock and joy,
I looked at him and asked,
‘Is this just a dream? If it is, baby boy, can you speak again?’

He said, ‘Mom, I love you.’

I love you too, baby boy, so much.
Hearing your voice even just for a moment,
Even just in my dream,
Was beautiful.

I try not to focus on the words, but I guess deep in my heart, in the back of my mind,
I wish I could hear you say, ‘Mom.’
One more time.

And then again, like the last time it happened,
I wake up with tears and immediately go and check on him.

Rory is not always affectionate, he doesn’t let me just be with him in a cuddle on the couch or lay and kiss his nose,
He’s always too busy,
Too distracted to engage.

So, I went and cuddled him whilst he slept last night,
Like I do from time to time,
I smell his face and watch him be so still.
I hear his beautiful breathing and see him so relaxed.

He doesn’t move or push me away.

I hope he knows how much I love him.
I hope he knows I miss him when I’m not there.
I hope he knows.

Till next time my baby,
It was wonderful to hear your voice again.”

Courtesy of Lucy Watts

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