Isaac paces the floor wearing his pizza parlor hat and apron. He’s ready for work an hour early. One ye is on the clock, andthe otheris
on his dad’s car.
I smile as I watch him, remembering
how a doctor reacted when I expressed
my hopes for him and his twin brother
when they were small. The memory is
vivid. “I want them to learn to read and
be independent.” The physician clicked
her pen, leaned toward me in her high-
backed office chair, and said, “That’s just
pie-in-the-sky thinking. You might as
well get over it right now.”
Isaiah, Isaac’s identical twin, is print-
ing a to-do list from his phone. Each day
he makes a plan. I’m thrilled he not only
reads, but also navigates technology with
ease. If he has a question about how to
operate the washing machine, he takes a
picture of the knobs and buttons, brings
it to me, and asks me how to set them for
his load. He’s communicating and prob-
lem solving. Easy as pie.
In two months, these 21-year-old
young men with diagnoses of autism
and intellectual disabilities will graduate from high school. They not only read
but are fairly independent in personal life
skills. And while they still need help and
supervision for many things, they are far
from the helpless creatures the doctors
and psychologists predicted them to be.
Tomorrow afternoon Isaiah will go
to his job at a local bakery boutique.
He folds boxes and helps with odd jobs.
One afternoon a week he helps the
janitor at the local school. He loves
working. Both boys come home with
stories about their escapades. Some-
times my ears get tired, but usually, I
remember how much I once longed for
them to say, “Mama,” and how I rejoiced
when at age nine they finally put three
words together to form a sentence.
Deciding to homeschool them was
the wisest decision I ever made. And
I didn’t make it lightly. Even though I
homeschooled my other children for
spiritual reasons, I feared not being
“enough” for the twins. Didn’t they need
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in this
Pie in the Sky:
life, it’s never to make a decision based
on fear. Decisions should be bathed in
hope. I’m grateful the Lord answered
by Karla Akins
With God All Things Are Possible
The twins’ bodies have autism, not their
spirits. Their spirits are just as alive and
healthy with Jesus as yours and mine.