God blessed me with two wonderful and witty children with Autism. Having worked with Special Needs children for 12 out of my 18 years of teaching, I have always believed that these children should be held to high standards and that we should never treat them any “special.” In my home there is no such word as “handicapped” or “modifications.”

My two children are expected to give 110% all the time in everything they do. Well, one day, I was getting after my daughter, she was 8 years old at the time because she had had a melt-down in the classroom and did not want to do her work. Of course, she became upset at me for getting after her and she called me a “monster.” My oldest son, was 10 at the time and very seriously he tells her, “Lila, Mommy is not a monster!” I was thinking to myself, oh how sweet, Jose is standing up for me. Then he finishes his thought, “Lila, Mommy is a witch!”

So, with friends like them, who needs enemies! I was blown away laughing inside of me, because at least I knew that my children were expressing their thoughts and feelings, even if that meant I was a witch!

By Dalia Rangel

* Stories From the Heart is an ongoing series of user contributed heart warming stories, that shine light on the Autism and special needs experience.