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Why do YOU Serve?

Did you know that the ACU leadership team meets monthly, but the funnest meetings are when the Committee Chairs join us – twice a year. At our most recent Committee Chair meeting we discussed “Why do we do this?” I serve on the ACU because it is the right thing to do for my son Ty, our family, our friends and our community. I will be forever grateful for those who served before us, before my son was even born, let along diagnosed with autism.

This poem describes why I choose to serve on the Autism Council of Utah, Laura

The Bridge Builder

An old man, going a lone highway,
Came, at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast, and deep, and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim;
The sullen stream had no fear for him;
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim, near,
“You are wasting strength with building here;
Your journey will end with the ending day;
You never again will pass this way;
You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide-
Why build you this bridge at the evening tide?”

The builder lifted his old gray head:
“Good friend, in the path I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today,
A youth, whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm, that has been naught to me,
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.
He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”

Will Allen Dromgoole

I will be forever grateful for those who were building the bridge before I ever thought I would need to cross it. I hope we, the Autism Council of Utah, can do the same for those coming behind us.