Christie Hayes opens up about embracing her son’s autism diagnosis

It was as if I’d waited all my life to hear those three little words. You know the ones I mean, those words that change your world, that shape the course of your life.

I still remember the first time I heard them. “Welcome to Holland.”

Not the three words you were imagining hearing? No, me neither. But they stole my heartas much as any ‘I love you’ ever could. Thank you Emily Perl Kingsley.

Not for being a Dutch local who embraced me with open arms upon my arrival in Holland, smoked too much weedwith me in Amsterdam and showed me a good time; but for writing such a poignant and apt poem.

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8th December 2017
Australian Daily Telegraph