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Through Matthew’s Eyes

My sister, June, is a member of an online knitting forum and often shares my photos with the group. One of her “forum friends” is the mother of a young man named Matthew, who has Asperger’s Syndrome.

It seems Matthew loves to draw, and his mom (through June) asked permission for him to use some of my photos as inspiration for his sketches.  Of course, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. In turn, his mom shares his sketches with June, who emails them to me.

With his Mom’s permission, in today’s post, I’m sharing three of Matthew’s wonderful drawings.

This beautiful sketch of a deer was Matthew’s Christmas card last year.

Matthew'sdeer

Matthew gave this framed sketch for a wedding gift.  I’m sure the newlyweds have it proudly displayed in their home.

matthew'sbird

And last, but certainly not least,  this sketch of our sweet Gypsy girl.

matthewscat

To help those, including myself, who aren’t familiar with this condition, Matthew’s mom asked that I also share some information about autism/Asperger’s Syndrome. This was copied directly from her email to June: “Matthew has had to have his eye muscles detached and reattached to his eyes twice, due to controllable rapid eye movements.  The muscles will always be weak, so sometimes he sees things differently than we do.  The drawing helps to calm him from the body shakes that happen with autism and helps to train his eyes to focus.  What a blessing to have this skill in his life to help him in so many ways”.  She also expressed her appreciation that I gave permission for him to draw from my photos.

I am deeply honored that Matthew has chosen my photographs as inspiration for some of his drawings, and wish him only the best with his artwork, and more importantly, his health.

My photos may be an inspiration for his sketches, but, in my eyes, Matthew is an inspiration to us all.

~These Days Of Mine~