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There Will Be Tears: A Mother-Son Story
What if you were locked in your body, without a way to communicate with the world around you? What would be your first words after being “unlocked”? This is what Kate Winslet asked some of her famous friends, from Anna Wintour to Meryl Streep to Ricky Gervais, including their responses along with self-portraits with the hat in question in her new book, The Golden Hat. The book, a moving attempt to raise awareness for autism, was inspired by Winslet’s work narrating a documentary about a mother seeking help for her non-verbal autistic son.
I can’t get through the documentary trailer without getting weepy. The documentary focuses on Margret, a mother who embarks on a quest to get help for her 11-year-old son – she’s not even sure he understands what’s happening around him, or what is going on in his head. What these families go through, having kids they can’t communicate with – what the kids go through, unable to interact with the people around them! The thought of not being able to communicate makes me immediately, dramatically uncomfortable, maddeningly squirmy in my own skin. I’m sure that my first words after being “unlocked” would be, “Thank you.”
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