XOXO may seem like a simple string of letters, but it is so much more. My beautiful youngest son was born into this world with autism. Although he developed normally at first (smiling, laughing, rolling over, crawling, walking), at two he stopped saying mommy and daddy. The tantrums started, the sleep ceased, and the emotions changed. It is said that children on the spectrum have a hard time expressing their emotions or even speaking at all- this is one of the hardest aspects to deal with day to day. But, this past Valentine’s Day my son wrote me a note that said: “Dear Mom, Happy Valentine’s Day. Thanks for being my best mother of all. I love you so much and you mean everything to me. Sincerely, Shane.” After crying, I thanked God for fulfilling a dream of mine that my son would know what love felt like. Every parent wants their children to feel love and now I know mine does. So, when I sign off to my son or anyone that I love, it is always XOXO, packed with a little extra meaning to my son and me.