I have mentioned before that H is really into Horror B Movies and that he is working on making one of his own. H is The kid who knows who Stanley Kubrick is: Dreaming Big.
He is always working on props and effects.
So… anyway – lately he is trying to work out how to make it look like he is injured, cut and bleeding – and it involves tape (but, of course!!) and sheet metal – and ketchup packages.
H is trying to figure out how to make fake skin over this… (and it looks like it might involve some sort of concoction of white glue mixed with acrylic paint… get out the drop cloth!)
And then tonight, as he is discussing and exploring possibilities and options with great enthusiasm this, he assures me and then queries: “Mom – this is not real – I will not get hurt – but I need to know… is this making you uncomfortable??
I thanked him for his sensitivity and for thinking about me. I let him know that I am interested in his project and I love his enthusiasm and problem solving. I also told him that it is not scary for me when I see what is going on behind the scenes.
What a sweetheart!
He knows I am a wimp…
Ya – too bad he doesn’t have any empathy!! [sarcasm]
And when I read this to H and asked if it was okay to post, our discussion went like this:
Me: “I am being sarcastic about the empathy part – right?”
Me: “Do you know that sometimes people say Autistic people don’t have empathy?”
H: “Really?? – That’s bollocks!”
I absolutely love it that he responds with the perfect combination of disbelief and indignance… and I will be smiling about this for a long, long time! Yes!!Related posts: • Ladybugs: Autism, Empathy, and Processing Grief • The kid who knows who Stanley Kubrick is: Dreaming Big • Inventing and visual/spacial thinking: Got Milk?? • Building Stilts and Resiliency
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