Item 1: Poem
By Helen Grandison
why do we begin if we don’t plan to finish
why do we love if we don’t want to get hurt
why do we live if someday we must die
why do we smile if we really hurt inside
why do we frown when everything is upside down
why do we plan but not take to action
why do we cry when someday it will be alright
why do we get mad if we really should be glad
why do we morn when somebody is gone
why do we say hi if we really mean goodbye
why do we question what shouldn’t be questioned
and answer what shouldn’t be answered?
tell me now…why?
Source: Pondering Life, Meaningful Poem http://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/pondering-life#ixzz1YPZJ9r00
Family Friend Poems
- Rhyme: smile-inside; frown-down; mad-glad; hi-bye
- Repetition: “why do we…”
Each action has its own aim. Just do what you want, do not ask “why” because these
questions can not be answered in satisfied way.
Item 2: Story
What They Forgot to Mention
The strongest and sweetest song remains to be sung. – Walt Whitman
I remember the day of my son’s diagnosis of autism as if it were yesterday. The tone of the doctor’s voice, the silence in the room, the words “lifelong disability, no cure, I’m sorry” still sting when I allow myself to reflect on that day.
But I have paused on occasions too numerous to count and thought, Someone should’ve mentioned that this would be part of the package when my child was diagnosed with autism.
Someone forgot to mention that I would listen to my child’s simple utterances or attempted approximations as if he was a world leader giving the speech of a lifetime. I could never have imagined the worth of a single word despite the fact that I may never hear it again.
Someone forgot to mention that when my son was finally potty-trained at age nine, there would be few people who could understand the significance of such an accomplishment, and even fewer with whom I could actually share it. Accomplishments of any size, their true worth known only to me, would bring quiet celebrations between my son and me.
Someone should’ve mentioned that autism is messy! Wallpaper’s meant to be shredded, bathrooms are designed to be flooded, walls are bare in order to smear stuff on them, washable paint really isn’t, and more food will actually be crushed and dropped than eaten.
I wish someone would’ve mentioned that autism is extremely expensive! Doctors, therapists, medications, supplements, conferences, and sensory equipment are only the tip of the iceberg. I could not have guessed that my child’s disability would allow people to cross our path in life who otherwise would not have, and that such people would willingly respond to a child in need.
Someone should have mentioned that each time a child with autism initiates or engages in a reciprocal hug, that feeling that you had when you held him for the first time comes back time and time again.
And they forgot to mention the day my son was diagnosed with autism that the triumphs over this disability would far outweigh the tears, that laughter would eventually ease the sense of loss, and that sheer faith would allow me and millions of other parents to fall into bed exhausted each night, only to get up the next day eager to discover what else they forgot to mention.
Story author Sandy Sotzen
Sandy Sotzen holds a master’s degree in education and has been a special-education teacher for twenty-one years. Sandy is the proud mom of two boys, ages fifteen and twelve, the youngest of which is identified with Autism. She can be reached at email@example.com.
“ someone should’ve mention that…”
“someone forgot to mention that…”
The ignorance of the society can make autistic victims and their family come up against difficulties.This story calls upon everyone’s care about this serious disease.
Item 3: Cartoon
- Overstatement: Dad in the downstair sends a message to Andy in the upstair through a computer.
- Metonymy: computer- modern technology
People who are addicted to modern technology can be isolated from both the outside world and their own family.