I'm one of those people who subscribes to the belief that things happen for a reason. I can't say I always know what those reasons are, but I have absolute faith that they do exist.
For instance, I had no preconceived ideas regarding numbers when I began inviting the Spectrum Moms to participate in my book. Every mom with a kid on the Autism Spectrum who ever chimed in on one of my Walt Disney World "Adventures in Autism" trip reports received an invitation. Some jumped at the chance and others declined, citing privacy issues. (Completely understandable.)
When all was said and done, six women agreed to participate in the book. Counting my own, that makes SEVEN stories to tell.
Interesting thing, that number seven. As schoolchildren we learned that when you separate visible light with a prism it forms a spectrum of seven colors. When the sun shines onto droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere, that spectrum takes the form of a rainbow.
I can still recall the mnemonic device our science teacher taught us so we would remember them: Richard Of York Gained Battles In Vain (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet.) The rainbows we drew as children had seven bands of color, neatly layered on top of one another in an upside-down U, surrounded by puffy white clouds and a sun with a smiley face. In reality, the human eye perceives the bands of misty water colors as one ephemeral blur. Like the seven colors of the rainbow, each child's autism defies precise definition.
Seven Spectrum Moms ~ Seven Colors on the Spectrum. That's telling, don't you think? I'm taking it as a good omen for the book. The number seven is considered to be a highly symbolic, divine number.
Think about it:
- The seven days of creation.
- The seventh day is the Sabbath.
- The seven branches of the menorah.
- The walls of Jericho fell on the seventh day after marching around the city seven times.
- The seven loaves Christ multiplied.
- The seven last words (or sayings) of Christ on the cross.
- The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
- The seven Sacraments in the Catholic Church.
- The seven Chakras in Eastern philosophies.
- The seven levels of Heaven in the Islamic religion.
- The seven steps Buddha took at birth.