This morning I could tell H was on the prowl for something interesting to occupy him.
He queried, “Mom – are we almost finished the milk??”
“Why? Are you needing the carton for something?”
“Yup – I am thinking about building a prop chainsaw arm… Wouldn’t that be cool?!?”
And – oh my goodness… we went through a lot of milk today!
H must have really needed that carton, and I could almost hear him slosh as he passed by! He is currently creating out in the garage… and I am hoping I can get him back in for dinner. Seriously though, he could very well be too full to eat…
On the other hand… I have a baguette and roasted chicken – both of which seem to contain certain magical powers.
So I just hollered out the window, “Lock up – buttercup – it is time for dinner!!” and when I told him what was planned the entire neighbourhood was blessed in hearing his mighty “Whoop!! Ya!!”
Earlier in the week, H was creating with K’nex! He build a mechanical hand and pincers that he can operate from some kind of contraption inside this frame… and he engineered feet, and a Samurai type face shield – and… Wait – I’ll toss in the pictures:
As you can see, this boy loves LOVES to build things.
Later tonight – H was bathed – teeth brushed – pajamas on – melatonin taken – heading to bed and then…
I – just – couldn’t – resist.
I crumbled and gave H an early Christmas present that I picked up when I braved the stores for a wee while today. It is a giant Christmas ornament disco ball about 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter. It was on sale for less than 5 dollars and I knew he would love it and well… it is just so – so – him!!
So now he is tucked into bed – with a disco ball hanging from his light.
Thinking ahead (ya – I still manage to keep ahead – but I suspect that will be short-lived) I suggested, “Make sure you only use a flashlight to shine on that please – do not use one of your lasers – that would be dangerous because the little mirrors could reflect the laser back at you or someone else.”
“Ya… I know, Mom. That would be the Disco Ball of Death… I wont use a laser.”
H called me back into his room a few minutes later.
He said, “I am living the good life! Look – I made a minor modification…”
He has now rigged up his home-made Lego iPod holder so that it will hold a tiny light as well. Apparently this is known as an upgrade!
I smiled, “Wow – look at you! You have your own sensory room with all of the stars in the universe! You could make the leap to hyper-space!”
“Nah – it is a Disco Room – I am going to rock the night away!!”
“I’ll bet you are! G’night H, I love you and sweet dreams… “
“Good night, Mom…”
“…and Mo-ommm…?” (I melt at the way he can sometimes so tenderly turn ‘mom’ into a two syllable word) “…thank you!”
Anyone else have a kid who is an inventor?? We’re thinking of giving H a pile of old toasters and NES contollers for Christmas – but we would certainly be open to suggestions…
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©Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism (2012)