Autism is nothing more than normal behavior carried out to the extreme nth degree possible. So, when we say Sam is punctual or that he likes to follow a routine what we are really staying is that Sam is punctual and likes to follow a routine.
In the beginning of the school year everyone is excited and pretty easy to wake up in the mornings. The girls are eager to get to school and see friends and move with what I call purpose in the mornings. We leave promptly no later than 7:10 in the morning during this purposed time.
But by now, half way into the year, sleep is more desirable than that extra few minutes chatting with friends before morning meeting begins. There is decidedly less purpose in getting up and more purpose directed towards refining the exactly how long can I stay in bed and still get to school without getting a tardy slip process.
For the girls that is. Because Sam is punctual and likes to follow routine. The routine that says arriving any later than 7:30 means we're late. It doesn't matter that school doesn't start officially until 7:50.
He has taken to "helping" the girls in the morning by loading lunch boxes for them and loudly proclaiming the time every two minutes beginning at 7 a.m. "Pick it up people" is a common refrain he sing songs while careening around the house bumping into things and tripping over his own two huge feet.
He even makes cartoons to illustrate just exactly how he feels about the whole thing.
Apparently, he feels like getting his sisters out the door in the morning is like herding a bunch of snails.
Sam isn't the only one willing to share his talent and creativity with the family and the poem I want to share with you today was written by Claire. She is our child who wants to be an artist. Actually no, she informs us that she is an artist. She is pretty creative and this year words and stories are coming alive for her in a way like never before. She's always been a note writer but her skills are becoming more refined. For an eight year old anyway.
Family and friends I have
I have friends to.
Do you old chap?
Yes I do!
Do you person?
Yes! Yes! Yes!
How long has this been going on?
~a poem by CEH
I love that she only signs with her initials :-)