Tonight we are planning an outing to the theatre to view Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D. H is revving up (in a good way) and Star Wars is increasingly becoming the topic of conversation as the day progresses. Personally – I find it delightful.
I can see already that the day is going to be peppered with questions to me about my Star Wars perspectives and a certain pride overcomes me that I can (almost) keep up with the intense and rapid recall of H’s vast mental catalogue of facts and observations. H is dipping back into a topic of intense interest that has been present for many a year (ok – pretty much his whole life) but is no longer the focus of his day-to-day routine. What I notice is that the return to these familiar interests as they rotate through his now variety of interests – is like visiting an old friend.
And… I am right… which is not always the case, but it’s nice when it happens. H is in his room making his bed. He asks me, “Mom, can I bring a lightsaber to the theatre… on my belt?”
H: “Mo-omm…” in that familiar two-syllable from-the-other-room call, “When did you first see a purple lightsaber?”
Me: “I believe it was Mace Windu”
H: “Yes – that was in The Phantom Menace – but you didn’t actually see his lightsaber in that episode. You could see him in the Jedi council – but he didn’t have his lightsaber out so you couldn’t see its colour. You don’t get to see it until Star Wars II: The Attack of the Clones.”
As he is rummaging for something in his room I hear the singsongy chant of happiness: “It’s Star Wars Day, Star Wars Day!! Star Wars Day…!!! Yay!”
H is still rummaging…
“Dooo, doo, do, do do do do doooo doooo” H’s version of the Star Wars theme drifts through the house.
“I need to find my Jedi belt.”
“Mom – do you think I should bring my new Darth Maul lightsaber??”
I respond: “Well – it is really big and it doesn’t have a belt clip.”
Me: “You can wear your Jedi cape if you want to though.”
H: “Mom… I love you… I am almost looking like a Jedi.”
A bit later H is checking out Google images to see what he should do with his hair. He ends up looking at cool Star Wars stuff: “Oh… mom!! I love this site!! Think Geek! Look there is a Tauntaun sleeping bag… but it doesn’t make you stink. Look there is a telescope ring. See??? LOOK!! Mom!!”
“Wow!! A light saber umbrella!! You gotta see this!! It is sooo cool! Mom – isn’t that epic?!!”
I look over and see him decked out with a lightsaber, his Star Wars Commtech strapped to his belt, jeans and a Star Wars shirt… even a little pouch full of change which he is referring to as republican credits…
The movie is still 9 hours away… this is going to be an exciting and interesting day!
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© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2012)