Owen barely communicated with my wife and me. But he opened up to the parrot from “Aladdin.”
There’s a reason — a good-enough reason — that each autistic person has embraced a particular interest. Find that reason, and you will find them, hiding in there, and maybe get a glimpse of their underlying capacities. In our experience, we found that showing authentic interest will help them feel dignity and impel them to show you more, complete with maps and navigational tools that may help to guide their development, their growth. Revealed capability, in turn, may lead to a better understanding of what’s possible in the lives of many people who are challenged.
We few, we happy few…
Rest in Peace, Wild Bill. You’ve surely earned it.
(image via pattillmanfnd)
Since I was a college freshman at Mac, my dad has been asking when I’m going to get them tickets to see A Prairie Home Companion at the Fitz. The show is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so it’s essentially been a fixture in my weekend landscape for the entirety of my life. Okay, maybe not as much in the later years, but I will still occasionally catch the rebroadcast on Sunday mornings.
Getting tickets is not an easy endeavor, though. They’re not exactly cheap, and they sell out like a Justin Bieber concert. I’m not even kidding. I got them tickets to see PHC when it came through Milwaukee six or seven years ago, but this was a bucket list thing for them.
Then I found out that a friend from high school is the music coordinator for the show, she of the Paula Poundstone demo radio show, and she hooked us up with amazing seats a few rows back. Not only did my parents get to see Garrison at the Fitz, they got to brush shoulders with him on the backstage tour after. My father, who is normally not overly emotive, was giddy as a schoolgirl.
My mom was in tears as the show came to a close and I have to confess I was more emotional than I would have expected. It was a great night.
ETA: Forgot to add how amazing it is to watch radio actors in their element. They don’t see a script much earlier than thirty-six hours in advance. Keillor’s crossing things out in their scripts while they’re reading them on stage. It’s incredible.