One of the coolest things about Jack is watching him around other kids.
He doesn’t always want to play. In true autism fashion, he likes to WATCH the kids play.
He will delight in them running AROUND him.
He will laugh hysterically when they play tag or jump on his bounce-poline.
He will even make sure WE see– “I see those kids, daddy. I see those kids.”
But even knowing he felt this way about KIDS– we got a beautiful and tremendous surprise the other day when a friend brought over her newborn.
Baby Lavelle is about two weeks old and just under 10 pounds.
From the moment his mama brought him into our home, Jackson was entranced.
He was beside himself with Joy and Delight at this small creature.
He kept pulling on his mama to sit down with the baby “Sit with you? sit with you?”
He sat next to me while I held the baby. He wanted a blanket and a pillow. He graciously tried to put his own blanket on the baby. He beamed.
He would look at us and say “baby. baby.”
He loved the nearness of the baby.
He tried to smell the baby.
He was not distraught when the baby fussed and cried.
He was gentle. He was loving.
He full of joy and wonder at this tiny creature.
Ah, Jackson. Seeing once again the joy in small things– literally and figuratively.
Busting the myth that autistic children are devoid of emotions.
Jack babbled to the baby. ALOT.
I’d give all that I have and more to know WHAT he was saying or thinking.
Was he giving advice?
Was he welcoming a fellow being to the planet?
Was he telling the baby of all the joys this world has to offer?
The cynics would say that he was just mimicking adults talking to the baby.
Thankfully, I am NOT a cynic.