This friend may not fully realize the gift she gave us by being in our circle of love, and I hope to have honored and passed on that gift by being part of the circle of love of a wonderful autistic boy who goes to my daughter's school. It has taken years of smiling, asking questions that most often never got answered, showing interest in his hobbies, and finally spending a whole day with him and his mother last week. By the end of the day we were drawing together and he was asking me to join him in playing a game. It was the first time he initiated contact on his own. This is a gift that we can give to each other by opening up and sharing our time and love. Every child can benefit from having a circle of people that love them as they are!