The doors and windows are flung wide – and we are likely letting entirely too much pollen and farm dust and other outdoor things inside the house.
These days of warmth and sunshine are irresistible though.
It is tempting to let the spring in after months and months of Vancouver rain.
And on this warm May evening two neighbourhood cats have just come to the screen door…
They actually stood up on their hind legs and looked in… just like Pus’n’boots!
But these two cats sure are!
I quietly suggested to H: “You are the Cat Whisperer”
“Nah…” he breathed back, “I am the Animal Whisperer!”
This is not the first time I have seen this connection between H and animals. There is definitely something very special going on with this boy and his gentle heart and his ability to reach out to animals in such a sensitive way.
Tonight though… I am even more enchanted by this magical-almost-unbelievable-thing: that the cats called on H!
And too, I am certain there is something to this from which we could all learn.
I can’t quite pin it down, but I think it is about the pacing…
and the opportunity presented for H to take the lead…
and the time to observe and respond to the clear and distinct interests and desires of another…
and the positive power of complete acceptance…
This THIS is joy!
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, (2013)