We are gonna need a soundtrack for this installment.
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So yesterday, Jackson’s daddy put up a Wind Catcher that he had purchased at Costco.
Call it a Wind Catcher. Call it a Garden Spinner. Call it whatever you want…….. JACK will call it a “Spinning” And from the time Clay took it out of the box and began assembly Jackson was engaged and interested.
Oh how delighted he was……
He stood there and played for hours….
Threw rocks at it. Threw pieces of fuzzball at it.
He spun it with his hands when the wind died down and was beside himself with Joy watching the shadows it cast.
But, there is always a down side to obsession with autistic kids.
You can’t reason. You can’t explain temperance. You can’t advise on moderation.
So Jack was none too happy to step away from the spinning.
I fed him outside.
He got on an extra sweatshirt.
And he stayed till dusk turned to dark– still laughing. Still happy……
And when it became too late to stay outside, I braced myself for the struggle to get him back in.
I needn’t have.
I went outside and stood next to Jack in the moonlight.
He said “I see the spinning, Tina. I see the spinning.”
I told him that I saw it too.
He must have know it was time to go in, because he turned and started walking back to the house with me.
He stopped mid way.
I turned to face him and he put his arms out.
I leaned down and he put his arms around me.
Then he began his happy dance, his happy song.
It basically consists of Jack rocking back and forth with a little bounce and chanting : “anu, anu, anu , anu, anu anu”
Time stood still at that moment.
I gave myself up to his song and his dance.
And like the lyrics go….
you cant dance and stay uptight
its a supernatural delight
everybody was dancing in the moonlight
And Jack dances divinely.