One year ago Jonathan Reyes wrote a letter to give his parents on Thanksgiving, telling them “I’m thankful for my house which is blue and keeps me safe.”
Today, as his mother, Jan Reyes, shows the letter she is in tears. “When he brought it home we cried a lot, of all things for a 7-year-old to be grateful for!” She cried because weeks before Jonathan’s letter came home, that blue house and their entire neighborhood were destroyed by a massive wildfire. She cried because as difficult as losing a home would be for any child, it’s a different kind of stress for Jonathan. He is autistic.
Children with autism thrive on familiarity and routine and his life had been turned upside down.