Wednesday, January 27, 2010
All In A Day's Work
My theme for tonight's blog serves two purposes...it is to help me and (hopefully) you get a feel for how different the world must look from an autie perspective...
...that, and to shamelessly indulge my love of Monty Python.
Now, those of you who know me, will know that I consider autie kids (and adults) heros. We could call them pedestrian heros, as their brand of courage is banal, ordinary and everyday. They never stop overcoming their terrors and discomforts in an effort to get through each moment.
They wear clothes that irritate them.
They tolerate sounds that, to them, screech like bjork stuck in a badger trap.
They put food in their mouths that may frighten them (which is entirely prudent when I happen to be the cook) .
Sometimes our kids protest and spit, pee and streak at times we consider inappropriate.
To them they are just letting off a little steam from the constant pressure we exert on them to conform.
If they didn't pitch a fit now and again they would probably go mad.
In the clip, Bicycle Repair Man is applauded for stripping off his superhero gear and doing something ordinary....sound familiar???
We do this every day with our kids (stop being special and do something boring!!!) ...I really hope we don't chip too much off their personalities in the process.
Again, old friends will know that a worry of mine is the ethics of forcing a person to conform to a way of life they do not choose, and may indeed find intensely uncomfortable.
But Bob will always be a hero, whether he's saving the world or fixing a bike.
I hope you enjoy the clip.
Posted by Jean at 10:32 PM