Yoda helps an autistic flower girl down the aisle

Oct 24, 2011 By Abraham 19

Offbeat Bride shares this sweet story

T, the flower girl, had spent the morning hiding under the bed. She has autism, and the prospect of an event with all those people was pretty daunting. T’s aunty finally coaxed her out from under the bed with the promise of a Yoda backpack.

Her aunt took her to the toy shop, and from that moment on Yoda sat on her shoulder and she seemed to feel safe with him there.

When it came time to put on the dress and head to the church T flat refused to go without Yoda on her shoulder. Her mother, the bride, said to her family “If Yoda helps T get to the church and walk down that aisle with all those people watching, then Yoda is coming!”

And so he did.

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19 Comments

  1. Cori says:

    Anyone else bothered by the last picture? Love the thought that mom would be so great with the idea of Yoda in her wedding, but look at how the family is so focused away from T. I don’t know, looks wrong.

    1. Amber says:

      Nope. You’re assuming too much. 1) People with autism don’t like a lot of attention directed at them, from anyone, ever. 2) The photographer captured a single moment in time. Do you have children? Have you ever in your entire life kissed one of your kids and not the other? Or do you insist on always hugging two children at once? Never individually? You’re assuming way too much.

      1. Tink says:

        Maybe T prefers other forms of showing affection? I have friends who aren’t autistic and just don’t like hugs. So I don’t hug them, because I like not making people unhappy.

        The golden rule is wrong – it shouldn’t be ‘do unto others what you would wish done unto you’, but rather ‘do unto others what they would like done unto them’. It might just be that they’ve agreed on other, less distressing ways of sharing affection.

  2. Sad Auntie says:

    My daughter with autism was excluded from attending her aunt’s wedding – her cousins where IN the wedding. This bride deserves a prize for being a good person who puts love and family first. May the force be with her!

  3. tooshtron says:

    Celebrating these things are alright . But it seems like what if it was a girl without autism who was shy and didn’t want to do it ? Would it garner the same feelings..

  4. Tomcat says:

    This event doesn’t appear to have happened recently. That’s a mid 60′s Cadillac in the photo. If that’s the case then the fact that special consideration was given to the child shows that she was loved. Special needs children were not always recognized as they are now.

    1. Allie says:

      I’m one of those girls who obsesses over wedding magazines and photographers and such…Recently there’s been a huge trend in using vintage wheels (cadilacs, old cruisers, motorcycles, etc) to create a timeless mood for all the wedding photos. If you look in the background there seems to be newer vehicles, but the details are a little blurry. Either way, the child is certainly loved and I love that! But I do understand the significance of if this took place 50 years ago.

    1. Allie says:

      I’m one of those girls who obsesses over wedding magazines and photographers and such…Recently there’s been a huge trend in using vintage wheels (cadilacs, old cruisers, motorcycles, etc) to create a timeless mood for all the wedding photos. If you look in the background there seems to be newer vehicles, but the details are a little blurry. Either way, the child is certainly loved and I love that! But I do understand the significance of if this took place 50 years ago.

  5. Possum says:

    *That’s a mid 60′s Cadillac in the photo.*

    Aaaaaaand Yoda made his debut in about 1980. So your point is what, exactly?

    “Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”

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