David Bloch has lived 21 years of his life mostly without speaking. He really only speaks when asked, as he was diagnosed with autism at a young age. However, he would ask his parents his first question for the first time ever. He asks, “Would someone like me?” His mom, Kerry Bloch, knew what to do. She would take to Twitter to post exactly his question. Both she and David were met with an outpouring of love.
“My 21-year-old autistic son has no communication skills. Today he asked me his first question ever. It was. ‘Would someone like me?'” the post asks. Since the original post on October 30th, they have garnered thousands of comments, likes, and retweets. The support was overwhelming to them in the best way.
“Would Someone Like Me?” The answer is overwhelming.
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
“He can’t get the communication part out, but when I told him, I said, ‘David, you have friends,”’ Kerry tells TODAY. “I’ve read every single reply and message to him. We’ve been up day and night for the last six days trying to answer every single message and tweet. He’ll be looking at a picture and say, ‘Nice, pretty, funny.”’
Many people responded with support and even their own stories and experiences. One person says, “My grandson is a 7 yr old, he’s autistic too, this year he started to speak a little. He told me he loved me. My heart soared. Today my heart soars for you, please tell your son I would definitely like him. Hugs.”
Friends all over the world share support and love
“Hey, pal… I bet you’re not the only one feeling this. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to say – buddy, every individual is special. And every kind individual deserves to be loved. I bet you’re more loved and liked than you know. Sending love from me to you,” someone else responds.
Even the Jacksonville Jaguars, whom David adores, made a special shoutout for him. This response moved David the most. He spends every week watching game after game of the Jaguars. The team would make a special video for David and his mother says he was “in tears.” “I think he’s watched it about a hundred times now, and he’s just amazed by that.”
It hasn’t been easy for David or his mom, but it’s worth it
You have a whole team that likes you and is a fan of you, David!
— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 3, 2019
Life with autism has been hard for David, and even harder for his mom to watch it. “He’s never been around friends, he’s never been to parties or anything like that,” she says. “I just feel like he missed so much because of that immune disorder.”
But now with the support of thousands across the world, it definitely makes the experience a whole lot more rewarding. “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,” his mom tweets out to everyone supporting them. “Love you all!”