The Kirton Family lives in Utah. They are a family with six children on the spectrum. You read that correctly. Six Children.
I feel like I need to send vibes- prayers- mojo- something to Mr. and Mrs. Kirton. Something. Dayum.
I saw their interview that aired on Good Morning America on the internet. The funny thing is, I don't know why I came upon their interview. I was looking at some gossip site and listening to American Idol.
Many things about the interview touched me. The fact that there are six siblings with autism is unique for sure. A great case study for reserchers. What really moved me was that Mrs. Kirton experienced an emotional breakdown and lost her children for a time.
Oh, Mrs. Kirton. There but for the grace of God...
I live with my own struggles. I also feel isolated. No, I don't feel isolated, I am isolated. I am isolated and lonely, and anxious, and depressed. I have everything I need in preparation for the emotional meltdown. Everything. Mrs. Kirton has everything too, multiplied by six.
ABC News has a website that aired the interview and there is a text version as well where readers can leave comments. Some of the comments are cruel. Unbelievably so.
It took bravery to put themselves out there for the whole world to know. More bravery than it takes to leave a nasty anonymous internet comment.
I thank the Kirton family for sharing their lives with us. If they should read this, know that you have a friend in New Jersey who would be happy to lend an ear and a cyber hug anytime.