The mother of a son with autism has gone viral after sharing the first question 21-year-old David ever asked her aloud: “Would someone like me?”
Kerry Bloch and her husband Robert have always loved their son despite his difficulties, which were said to develop around the time David was four. While it has been difficult at times to ensure that David’s needs were met, the parents are committed to giving him the best life possible.
My 21 year old autistic son has no communication skills. Today he asked me his first question ever. It was. “Would someone like me?” pic.twitter.com/vw1DMQN9s8
— kerry bloch (@dsmom58) October 30, 2019
“My husband and I, we don’t really know what happened,” Kerry told BuzzFeed News. “And honestly we don’t care what happened. It’s water under the bridge and we’re just moving forward and trying to give him the best life possible. That’s all that matters.”
Making things even harder is the fact that David also has an immunodeficiency disorder which has kept him isolated from other people for much of his life. As such, his mom and dad are often his only company, a sad circumstance that Kerry wishes she could change for her son.
— kerry bloch (@dsmom58) October 31, 2019
“He wants friends badly. He’s home-schooled, and it’s just the three of us,” she said. “I know he’s lonely and he wants friends.”
While David has never been verbal, he suddenly turned to his mother a few weeks back to declare “I love Jaguars,” in reference to the Jacksonville Jaguars, his favorite team.
It came as a shock to Kerry, who recalled, “It was David’s first spontaneous sentence. We’ve never had a conversation. I mean, no spontaneous speech at all until he said he liked the Jaguars.”
To say that David and I are overwhelmed by the response to this simple tweet is putting it mildly. Our hearts have never been touched like this. I am reading every reply to David. It’ll take time but know that every one of you have blessed us. Love you all!
— kerry bloch (@dsmom58) November 1, 2019
However, he followed it up with the question that’s now gone viral: “Would someone like me?” It was an emotional moment that hit Kerry like a ton of bricks.
Tell David, he has a friend from London… and my family.
Much love pic.twitter.com/OMgwL8xIqr
— Dan Ferdinand (@danferdinand) October 31, 2019
“I had to go off and cry when he didn’t see me because it’s just kind of bittersweet that he’s trapped in there,” she said. “He does want to be liked, and he does want friends, and he doesn’t know how to make them.”
Kerry assured David that not only did his mom and dad love him but they also like him as a person too. She also told him that God and Jesus like him and that his grandmother did too. “And I said, ‘I’m sure anybody that met you would like you,'” she added.
David, I live very far away, in Jordan. It is almost midnight here now, and I’ve had a nice, but long day. Your two photos put a smile on my face just before I sleep. I am sure I would like you if I met you — because I like you just from seeing your photo
— Patricia Bakir (@bakirp) November 1, 2019
Kerry was so moved by David’s question that she shared it on her Twitter account, which she uses to connect with other parents of children with autism. It immediately went viral, getting over 15K responses, 73.5K likes, and 5.6K retweets.
I am sure my 19yo autistic son would like him. He has yet to ask me a question like that, but he longs for friends. pic.twitter.com/SZHwlQneKw
— Hugh O’Donovan (@mythumbzhurt) November 1, 2019
The messages of support have been overwhelming, with so many people from around the world wanting David to know he’s not alone and to make him feel more accepted. Hopefully, it will help him feel less alone.
My name is Ross. This is my Son, Lincoln. He’s 7-years-old, and, also, Autistic. We would both like to be your friend! pic.twitter.com/IS2uNe2TQD
— Ross “Loves Casper” Hayes (@IAMELBURRO) November 1, 2019
“People are always saying, ‘Twitter’s evil, Twitter’s horrible,'” Kerry said. “I say, ‘No, it’s what you make it.'”
My 16 year old Nick (with autism) and I sure do like him!! Aren’t they the best? ❤️ ? ? pic.twitter.com/iL6bYrqCJP
— Patti (Jamaal Williams Stan Account) (@pdubsRN) November 1, 2019
?? to your David, my sweet boy is 28 and his name is David too! I can’t imagine my life without him. He teaches us all so much! pic.twitter.com/t7DwJbZaTX
— Michelle Carlson (@micar624) November 1, 2019