Friday, June 11, 2010

#37 A Fun Question

Let's face it, a lot of life related to autism stinks, but a lot of it is really funny, too. I know one mother of an autistic boy who had to duct tape the peanut butter jar. On the one hand, this is sad and unbelievably frustrating, but on the other, it's absolutely hysterically funny. She chooses to look at it as hysterically funny and one more adventure in this strange journey autism takes us on.

Jack brings an amazing amount of laughter to our lives every single day. His little one-liners slay us, as does his literal take on language. We're lucky that he's so verbal and communicative when so many people with autism are not able or even driven to communicate. Sometimes, Jack will express something oddly ("Hoover, you look cute in your face."). Sometimes, he does and says funny things to get his own way. Here's an exerpt from an email his teacher sent me recently:

"I took [Jack] and the other students up with $1 to spend for business day. He ended up getting watermelon. On the way out he noticed a brownie with BLUE icing and really wanted it. He literally went up to the girl selling them and batting his eyes (I am NOT making this up!) said "You know blue is my favorite color and I LOVE brownies, but I have no money." Well....who can resist that, she gave him one for free. I told Jack that his charming personality will not always get him free things in life. Of course he had no idea what I was talking about! I'm going to miss him this summer!"

Sometimes, it's his tone of voice, which I can't really convey in writing, that elicits our giggles.

So today's question is this: What has your child with autism done lately to make you laugh?