The chilly and dark half of the year is getting closer and closer, so we all need a bit of extra warmth and light in our lives. Fortunately, human beings have the ability to do amazing things that lift up our spirits and make us warm and fuzzy inside. So to get you feeling like the world is a magical place full of wonder, Bored Panda has collected some of the most wholesome stories from around the globe.

Remember to upvote your fave ones, dear Pandas. Also, we know that 2020 has been a tough year so far, but we’d love it if you could let us know what positive things have happened to you in the comments. When you’re done with this awesome list, check out our latest uplifting posts here, here, and here.

Staying optimistic helps us deal with whatever storms might come our way and reduces the negative effects of stress. The New York Times puts it best when it says that optimism isn’t about ignoring negative feelings, but it’s all about being hopeful for what the future might bring. So you don’t have to smile if you don’t feel like it—all it takes is some hope. However, hope and optimism aren't the same thing, as psychologist, priest, and published author Dr. Fraser Watts told Bored Panda. Scroll down for our interview with him.

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Today Oliver Stopped Me Dead In His Tracks And Turned Back Around To See This Picture That He Spotted! He Just Stared At It In Awe

Today Oliver Stopped Me Dead In His Tracks And Turned Back Around To See This Picture That He Spotted! He Just Stared At It In Awe

He recognized another boy like him, smiling and laughing on a display at Target. Oliver sees kids every day, but he never gets to see kids like him. This was amazing! I am so happy that other kids that pass through here with their parents, will see this! There is a lot of focus on representing diversity, but representing people with disabilities is just as important

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

So right, you are. Oliver is adorable. I hope he will always get the support he needs.

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#2

The Good Son

The Good Son

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

Chivalry lives in this young gentleman.

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Helping Out Kids Without Fathers

Helping Out Kids Without Fathers

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Tal
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3 months ago

Ohh I need some of these videos

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According to Dr. Watts, optimism and hope aren't the same thing. "First, I need to make a distinction between hope and optimism, as Terry Eagleton does in his 2015 book called 'Hope without Optimism.' Optimism is more a matter of prediction. Hope is more a matter of attitude," Dr. Watts explained the difference between the two.

"In the present situation, I don't think there are any good grounds for optimism, and to be optimistic would be a retreat into a fantasy world," he pointed out. "However, even in present circumstances, it is possible and really helpful to maintain a positive, hopeful attitude."

Unfortunately, there's is no single surefire way of keeping that hope alive when things are tough. "Practice helps. It depends on a long process of cultivating a positive mindset. It is useful to be clear that hope does not depend on believing that everything is going to be fine. It is more an act of will."

#4

Wholesome Old Black Lady

Wholesome Old Black Lady

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Stacy S.
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3 months ago

So sweet!

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#5

A Wholesome Flex

A Wholesome Flex

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MagicalUnicorn
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3 months ago

you go, lady, amazing achievements :)

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#6

It’s The Little Things

It’s The Little Things

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Evelína Zlá
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3 months ago

Good job, Sara :)

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Even though most people don't distinguish between hope on the one hand and optimism on the other, the internet is full of advice on how to keep your spirits up even if things seem incredibly challenging. One of the ways to stay optimistic even when times are incredibly tough is sitting down and thinking about all the things that you’re grateful for having. Gratitude journals can help out with this, even though they might sound cheesy.

There are other ways to maintain your optimism, too. For example, Select Health stresses that taking care of yourself is vital when things are hard. That means exercising, getting plenty of rest, setting time aside for your hobbies.

And, yes, that even means treating yourself from time to time: whether it’s sinking into a hot bath after a long week at work or sneaking in an hour of video gaming in between doing homework (we won’t tell if you won’t). When you do what you love without guilt or shame, suddenly the world feels brighter, doesn’t it? As long as you don't overindulge, of course.

#7

Uncle Looks So Happy

Uncle Looks So Happy

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
3 months ago

this is sweetest thing i saw whole day, bless his heart <3

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#8

Sadio Mane, The Liverpool Star Earning Approximately $10.2M Per Year Has Given The World A Lesson In Modesty After Some Fans Spotted Him Carrying A Cracked iPhone

Sadio Mane, The Liverpool Star Earning Approximately $10.2M Per Year Has Given The World A Lesson In Modesty After Some Fans Spotted Him Carrying A Cracked iPhone

His response is legendary:

“Why would I want 10 Ferraris, 20 diamond watches and 2 jet planes? What would that do for the world? I starved, I worked in the fields, I played barefoot, and I didn’t go to school. Now I can help people. I prefer to build schools and give poor people food or clothing. I have built schools & a stadium; we provide clothes, shoes, and food for people in extreme poverty. I give 70 euros per month to all people from a very poor Senegalese region in order to contribute to their family economy. I do not need to display luxury cars, luxury homes, trips, and even planes. I prefer that my people receive a little of what life has given me,” Mane said.

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Sadio Mane is a humble man. He does not forget where he is from, and gives back to his community. You have to respect that. Good work, Mr. Mane.

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#9

My Dad Hasn’t Painted In Over 30 Years. Now That He’s Retired He Decided To Pick Up A Brush Again

My Dad Hasn’t Painted In Over 30 Years. Now That He’s Retired He Decided To Pick Up A Brush Again

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Your dad has talent. That almost looks like a photograph.

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Things are always easier to bear when you’re surrounded by loved ones, Forbes points out. So even if you’re feeling down in the dumps or as blue as a Smurf, take some time to connect. Give your siblings a call or arrange to meet with a pal you haven’t seen in some time.

This whole end-of-the-world business doesn’t seem as scary when you’re laughing and having fun with awesome peeps. Meanwhile, we hope that these wholesome stories will be enough for now.

#10

I Love You Mom

I Love You Mom

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Is there a ribbon for potentially the world's best son?

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#11

Spotted In Manchester, UK

Spotted In Manchester, UK

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Csaba Hegedűs
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3 months ago

Pictures of cats can fix pretty much anything.

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#12

I Told My Grandma I Was Bisexual A Few Weeks Ago And Today She Gave Me This. My Grandma Made Me A Rainbow Sweater

I Told My Grandma I Was Bisexual A Few Weeks Ago And Today She Gave Me This. My Grandma Made Me A Rainbow Sweater

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Your Grandma loves you.

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#13

After Almost 2 Years Of Dealing With Traumas And Depression I Finally Got The Motivation To Clean My Room Entirely

After Almost 2 Years Of Dealing With Traumas And Depression I Finally Got The Motivation To Clean My Room Entirely

It almost took 9 hours, and 2 trash bags full with plastic bottles, pizza boxes and other trash. I'm proud of my work

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

this is such an achievement for anyone dealing with depression. Makes my heart smile. <3

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#14

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

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Raine Soo
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3 months ago

That is dedication. Thank you.

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#15

Thanks Frankie’s East Aside Restaurant For Doing The Right Thing

Thanks Frankie’s East Aside Restaurant For Doing The Right Thing

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

God bless you, Dan for your compassion and your kindness.

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#16

Single Dad In Thailand Wore A Dress To A Mother's Day Event For His Sons So That They Didn't Feel Left Out

Single Dad In Thailand Wore A Dress To A Mother's Day Event For His Sons So That They Didn't Feel Left Out

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

that is love!

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#17

Hearing The Words From Love

Hearing The Words From Love

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

but at the end, you were....

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#18

And All Of Those 12 People Are Happy For You

And All Of Those 12 People Are Happy For You

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

Well now it is a lot more than 12 who know and share your happiness. Congratulations

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#19

Doctors Told Us To Make Preparations For Losing Her, But After 5 Brain Surgeries My Baby Had Her First Disney Trip At 3 Years Old

Doctors Told Us To Make Preparations For Losing Her, But After 5 Brain Surgeries My Baby Had Her First Disney Trip At 3 Years Old

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
3 months ago

such a pretty little lady!

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#20

Dr. Mohamed Mashali Was A Well-Known Doctor Based In The Northern Egypt. He Was Awarded With The Title “Doctor Of The Poor” For Serving His Community For Over 50 Years

Dr. Mohamed Mashali Was A Well-Known Doctor Based In The Northern Egypt. He Was Awarded With The Title “Doctor Of The Poor” For Serving His Community For Over 50 Years

Mohammed Mashali once found a child that suffered from diabetes and needed insulin shot but couldn't afford them, so he asked his mother to buy him some. Sadly his mother could not afford them either and the child passed away. After this, he moved to one of the poorest countries and began treating medical patients free of charge. He passed away on July 28, 2020. Days before his death he was still helping everyone he could

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Angels do walk amongst us. Rest in peace, sir.

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#21

He Guarded A Bird With Broken Wing Under My Truck For Four Days Before It Could Fly Off

He Guarded A Bird With Broken Wing Under My Truck For Four Days Before It Could Fly Off

Had to bring them both food and water because he refused to leave its side day and night, very proud of him

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Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
3 months ago

Such a look of concern on doggos face. LOL

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#22

I Live In My Van. Found This On My Windshield This Morning

I Live In My Van. Found This On My Windshield This Morning

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

this man is a real christian.

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#23

I Too Got Vaccinated Despite Having Anti-Vax Parents. Finally Got My Last Immunization Shot

I Too Got Vaccinated Despite Having Anti-Vax Parents. Finally Got My Last Immunization Shot

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Good for you! You must be the bright one in the family.

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#24

The Left One Is My Art. Found The Drawing On The Right In My Little Brother's Room One Day

The Left One Is My Art. Found The Drawing On The Right In My Little Brother's Room One Day

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Nicolas Pilot
Community Member
3 months ago

Imitation is the highest form of flattery. Beautiful art pieces, both of them!

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#25

Lost My Car Key While Jogging On The Rail Trail, Went Back Looking For It And Stumbled Upon This. I Owe My Whole Soul To Whoever Did This

Lost My Car Key While Jogging On The Rail Trail, Went Back Looking For It And Stumbled Upon This. I Owe My Whole Soul To Whoever Did This

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spirit wolf
Community Member
3 months ago

Forest fairies.

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#26

Me In First Grade Pre Surgery vs. Me In 2020 

Me In First Grade Pre Surgery vs. Me In 2020 

Had several surgeries due to birth defects. Just completed the dental treatment (which included having my jaw wired shut for several months). Very happy with the results

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow! I truly admire your strength, your grit, and your resolve. Best of luck to you for a bright future.

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#27

Don't Forget To Appreciate Your Grannies

Don't Forget To Appreciate Your Grannies

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Aww, that's very sweet. My maternal grandma was a lovely lady too. However, the less said, the better about my paternal one...

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#28

Autism Be Damned My Boy Can Work A Grill

Autism Be Damned My Boy Can Work A Grill

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

he looks so happy...

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#29

My Son And His Best Friend, Both Told Their Survival Rate Would Be Around 2%, Walked The Stage And Graduated Tonight

My Son And His Best Friend, Both Told Their Survival Rate Would Be Around 2%, Walked The Stage And Graduated Tonight

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varwenea
Community Member
3 months ago (edited)

These two gentlemen, as well as their dedicated family, caregivers, teachers are all to be commended.

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#30

Well Done IKEA

Well Done IKEA

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

it doesn't need to take a lot to be kind & respectful. <3

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#31

Role Model Mom

Role Model Mom

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

love to parents uniting to support oneanother!

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#32

My Little Brother Has Autism. He Turned 17 Today. I Came Home From Work To This Note

My Little Brother Has Autism. He Turned 17 Today. I Came Home From Work To This Note

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
3 months ago

That's so touching, and I love the ps ^-^ another great family relationship! BP was right this whole post is making me smile

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#33

My Brother Was The First To Graduate With A Master's In My Family. My Dad Couldn't Stop Crying

My Brother Was The First To Graduate With A Master's In My Family. My Dad Couldn't Stop Crying

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Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

to have a parent so proud.... <3

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#34

Kind Heart

Kind Heart

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Francis
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3 months ago

you raised a very good kid!

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#35

This Kind Gesture

This Kind Gesture

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Great dad!

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#36

My 101-Year-Old Grandfather Threw A 100th Birthday Party For His Best Friend, Bob

My 101-Year-Old Grandfather Threw A 100th Birthday Party For His Best Friend, Bob

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

This is wonderful! Both gentlemen look so happy.

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#37

I Asked My Mum To Make Me A Face Mask. I Guess Even After 40 Years I’m Still Her Little Boy

I Asked My Mum To Make Me A Face Mask. I Guess Even After 40 Years I’m Still Her Little Boy

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

i want one too! dinosaurs rule

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#38

Same Bike, Same Place, Same Girl. 71 Years Difference

Same Bike, Same Place, Same Girl. 71 Years Difference

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Ms Forty Seven
Community Member
3 months ago

She kept the adorable smile

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#39

The Docs Gave My Son A 10% Chance To Survive His CHD. He Is 6 Months Old Today And Thriving

The Docs Gave My Son A 10% Chance To Survive His CHD. He Is 6 Months Old Today And Thriving

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Ms Forty Seven
Community Member
3 months ago

CHD stands for Congenital Heart Defect. Such a beautiful child - way to go!

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#40

Such A Wholesome Sister

Such A Wholesome Sister

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Kirsten Kerkhof
Community Member
3 months ago

... and open the flood gates.

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#41

Love You Dad

Love You Dad

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Francis
Community Member
3 months ago

i didn't speak until i was almost 5. my mum was worried that something might be wrong with me. i got tested... I WAS JUST TO LAZY TO SPEAK. there was no need for me to talk at home but at the dotors appointment i talked in quite complex sentences for my age :D my mum now loves this story

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
3 months ago

I love the thought process behind your choice. :D Smart with a touch of rebellion. You have my respect. ;)

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Flash Henry
Community Member
3 months ago

My nephew was the same, didn't speak a word until he was nearly 4. He didn't need to--my niece (2 years older) always did the talking for him.

Tara Mills
Community Member
3 months ago

My little fella doesn’t speak. He has Down syndrome and is 11. But he can sign very well when he signed love you spontaneously. That was amazing. They understand so much more then they can communicate sometimes xx

Burtine Kendall
Community Member
3 months ago

My son was very ill the first few months of his life. At a year he only weighed 13 pounds and could not sit. At 17 months he spoke for the first time - a complete sentence. He is now a chief cyber security analyst for the government. All children develop at their own pace.

Nicole Tomme
Community Member
3 months ago

Your child is precious and you are an amazing parent.

Mark Howell
Community Member
3 months ago

I have gone thro' life with some small but nagging probems. At 56 just diagnosed with aspergers/HFASD. Didn't stop me getting BSc in electronic/Electrical Engineering.

Belle_Pandamonium🇧🇻l
Community Member
3 months ago

@Mark: I Love this! 👊

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Flisey
Community Member
3 months ago

My Dad didn't speak for years but wasn't tested for autism until he was in his 50's. He is the best Dad ever. I see my friends Dads and am so thankful for my Dad. He passed earlier this year and it has left a huge hole in our family.

Animal Lover
Community Member
3 months ago

My mom when she was younger she didn't speak for a while but instead of having first word she had a first sentence her first word/Sentence was it May I please have a glass of water incredible

Laura Crawley
Community Member
3 months ago

My son also didn't speak until 5! He spoke a sentence "Can I have a cookie, and some milk?" Dad love is awesome, you rock dude!

Debra Powers
Community Member
3 months ago

There is still hope! My younger daughter didn't speak understandably until she was around 3. She would chatter quite happily in her own language but very few things could be distinguished. You can't shut her up now!

Leslie Burleson
Community Member
3 months ago

Three autistic kids . All three are the most loving people. They've changed so much as they've grown, but they all have something they do that they've done their whole lives. So when your little boy gets big , he will probably still say that to you.

Jenna McEwan
Community Member
3 months ago

My son has autism and didn’t speak a word till he was 4. Now he just says I love you mummy out of the blue and goes to a normal school. I’m so proud of him. Your son will do great. X

Daniele Ribolla
Community Member
3 months ago

there is another word: HOPE.

laurie broome
Community Member
3 months ago

My grandson's going to be turning 4 next weekend and hasn't said a word, you are blessed

Catherine Brady
Community Member
3 months ago

He may surprise you.

Patricia Kasprowski
Community Member
1 month ago

No doubt. You must be a very special dad.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
1 month ago

Love His Heart!

Sharon Frank
Community Member
2 months ago

Well, this post just proved to me I don't have the cold heart I thought I did. Can't. Stop. Crying.

Sophie Babbitt
Community Member
2 months ago

My autistic 12 year old cousin started talking about a month ago.

Tracy Steen
Community Member
2 months ago

Awww so sweet

Patty Leaton
Community Member
3 months ago

much love

AnnieLaurie Burke
Community Member
3 months ago

Even if he has autism, he can still have a full life. As non-autistic people become more enlightened about autism, they are starting to realize the huge number of amazing, brilliant scientists, authors, and artists who are autistic. I am a big fan of Dr. Temple Grandin and many other accomplished folks that also happen to be autistic.

Joanne Hudson
Community Member
3 months ago

He's only 3. Some won't, some can't, some sing, some just have nothing to say yet.

Mya Lugar
Community Member
3 months ago

I agree w/ Francis, there are many children who speak later on, my niece is one., Now she talks your ears off. But challenging things happen to good people too, so give him your love even if, and know that he loves you even if he can naver articulate it through easily recognized channels.

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
3 months ago

What a beautiful story! Thanks for sharing it.

Teresa Rodden
Community Member
3 months ago

💙💙💙💙

Denise Mclean
Community Member
3 months ago

Your a smart man !

Terry Tinker
Community Member
3 months ago

Okay, now I'm crying. So happy for you both.

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#42

Cracking Little Builder

Cracking Little Builder

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Fred and George Weasley
Community Member
3 months ago

cute :,)

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#43

Was Born Without An Arm So I Built Myself My Own Eletronic 3D Printed Arm. This Is Me Holding An Egg

Was Born Without An Arm So I Built Myself My Own Eletronic 3D Printed Arm. This Is Me Holding An Egg

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Impressive.

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#44

In Memory Of My Father

In Memory Of My Father

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful. I love outline tattoos.

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#45

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together

My Cat Ripped Open His Favorite Toy. This Is My Grandma Sewing It Back Together

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Brigs
Community Member
3 months ago

Kitty is doing quality inspection

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#46

During Her Battle With Cancer And After She Beat It

During Her Battle With Cancer And After She Beat It

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

I'm glad that you are alive and well. You look great!

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#47

As A Teenager She Had A Domestic Accident Which Left Her Chest, Neck And Arms Severely Burned. Today, 10 Years Later, She Managed To Heal In A Way She Never Imagined

As A Teenager She Had A Domestic Accident Which Left Her Chest, Neck And Arms Severely Burned. Today, 10 Years Later, She Managed To Heal In A Way She Never Imagined

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Anne
Community Member
3 months ago

The amount of skill this tattoo artist has is immense. It is really hard to work on scars that severe. I LOVE the end result. And her smile is just as bright as the sun <3

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#48

Passengers Stay Seated So Dad Can Get To Daughters' Dance

Passengers Stay Seated So Dad Can Get To Daughters' Dance

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Bron
Community Member
3 months ago

Beautiful!

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#49

I Love You

I Love You

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Raine Soo
Community Member
3 months ago

Sweet!

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#50

I Work With The Same Doctor That Delivered Me 21 Years Ago

I Work With The Same Doctor That Delivered Me 21 Years Ago

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varwenea
Community Member
3 months ago

That's so cool. I'm sure he is very pleased to be working with you too.

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