This is my Faith, seven and autistic, in a beautiful moment. Autism or not, that is a beautiful girl.
I had to stick her tongue back a few times to get this shot (she has a habit of biting on her tongue) but she kept still long enough for me to capture her.
The beauty is profoundly ironic, in that autistic children usually know not vanity. There is no guile or malice in those eyes that sometimes seem like they are looking at a world within that is not accessible to us.
And we, from the non-autistic spectrum of life, struggle when we see this association between beauty and impairment.
I am baffled by this all the time. And as we run ourselves ragged dealing with her challenges, it is easy to forget to stop and notice beauty like this.
Thank goodness for cameras.