Random thoughts from the edge of typical… and beyond

Ahhhh, it is Friday… and it is finally sunny… and I am home. The week is at its end and Saturday and Sunday are glistening ahead of me, full of possibility and potential.

H is playing a vintage computer game. He just told me that, “The captain is gravely injured.”

Today – although I love to write – I didn’t really want to do a post. I thought I should have the night off. I don’t know if I will be able to keep up with a post a day for 30 days… and I find myself working on lines in my head (aka: self-talk) to rationalize why I should not be expected to keep up the pace. The fact is that I did not publicly commit to doing a post each day – it was just a goal I made for myself. Still, I want the commitment to myself to be as important as if it were to someone else. Ooops… and now I guess it is public.

“I like Nintendo pixelated games. I think they’re awesome.”

“Cool Buddy…” really I am more focused on my own computer. I look up, “Hey, is that an old Star Trek game?”

I watch him for a couple of minutes and we chat about his game. H tries to teach me a bit about it- but these kind of games are not my forte. I much prefer scrabble or crib.

He finally says, “Mom, you’ll just have to read the manual!” and kind of gives up on me.

Back at my computer – I am pondering the process of blogging. It has me considering things in a new light. I like it.

There is a mindfulness to my actions and I am noticing things that might otherwise have been below my radar. If I were not looking with these tired eyes for inspiration for my posts, I would be seeing and processing in a different way.

I have topics swirling around in my head: Tic-tacs, time out, dealing with grief, self-regulation strategies, perspectives on grilled cheese and swimming, the development and power of self-talk, the nudge of spring and the shedding of obligation, what is that trajectory and periods of consolidation, inexpensive sensory items, birthday party advice, problem solving… Ahhhhhhrrrgh!

“I need to set my phaser on stunn. It is the original series. It is just awesome- but there are a few challenges.”

I asked H where to find these games. He said to google Old Nintendo Games or go to:  http://nintendo8.com/all/  (which he says will list all of the games alphabetically).

Here is the specific link to the Star Trek game: http://nintendo8.com/game/161/star_trek_-_25th_anniversary/

“It even has Dick Tracy and Gilligan’s Island” (Did I mention that my guy is a retro pop culture genius) “It even has audio in it. There is even Ghost Busters and The Three Stooges!

Thank you to H for helping me with this post tonight.

He says that I “should add that the news is wrong about autism and it is insulting people about autism, because they think autism is bad and really it is quite a good thing actually.”

Then in character,   “‘Greetings – I am Robocop. Now come back here with your hands up or I will have to use force…’  Do you like my Robocop voice? Oh they disassembled me again…”

I think: Sweet boy…  you have it more together than many!!


30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.

© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2011)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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2 Responses to Random thoughts from the edge of typical… and beyond

  1. liz says:

    Yes he does have it together. I remember the time he arrived at my home dressed as a knight and another younger child arrived as a dragon. They both looked at each other and knew that the universe had sent them the message that day that the rest of us may not have understood.


  2. Leah Kelley says:

    🙂 I had forgotten about that!
    Yes, I think there may be many, many things the rest of us don't perceive…


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