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A Child Like That

Beauty and the Beast Tour

Daddy was reading an article the other day.

Yes.Yes. He reads. Very funny.

Anywho! He was telling me about it. You can read it for yourself here…if you don’t believe Daddy…but I’ll vouch for him.

Apparently. A mommy took her autistic son to play on Broadway…that’s in New York…I think???

That sounds like fun…I’d like to play in New York.

Wait…what? Hold on. Dad’s interrupting. Sorry.

Ohhhhhhh…not TO play…TO A play. Like watchin’ a moooovie…but it’s in real life? Gotcha.

Well I’ve been TO A play. Not on Broadway. At the high school where Mommy used to work.

Well that makes the story even cooler…and it makes more sense.

Bandaid-on-heartAnyway. During the play…there was a very tense moment. And this poor kid got upset…because he thought someone really got hurt.

I can’t speak for all autistic people…but I am really sensitive about other people being hurt too. Really knocks me off my game. So I know EXACTLY how that kid felt.

Daddy said this kid had a meltdown in the theater.

His mommy tried to get up and leave…but he wasn’t having it. If someone had a boo-boo and needed a band-aid…he was staying.

As this was going on. The other people in the audience were getting mad at this kid and his mommy.

I guess things may have calmed down. But after the show…one of the actors in the play wrote a long post.

He said he was really sad. Not that that kid had a meltdown during the play. He was really sad about the way people were treating the kid and his mommy.

He also said he thought is was not-nice that people were asking why she would bring “a child like that” to a play.

autism puzzle“A child like that”??? What does that even mean???

And “why would she bring him”???

How about because “a child like that” deserves to have fun too.

And “a child like that” actually learns how to behave by being around other normal people…and watching their behavior.

Hm???

Sure. We [autistic people] don’t always do the right thing. And sometimes we lose our cool. Who doesn’t???

Who? Doesn’t?

I’m pretty lucky though. Mommy and Daddy take me to places like that all the time.

Moooovies. The one that has as much popcorn as I can eat and the REALLY big TV!

Plays. Sometimes the actors even bring me up on stage before the play to dance with them…you know…show ’em a few moves and shake-it-out.

Football games. Although…everyone talks loud there anyway…so it doesn’t really matter.

Annnnnd. Every now-and-then I might get a little loud when I shouldn’t. Especially when I know the words to the song.

palm to foreheadI’vvvvvve also been know act out when I’m hangry.

What’s hangry? Mommy says that’s when being hungry causes me to be angry. Hangry…

…see Daddy’s not the only goofball I have to put up with. <insert palm-forehead here>

You people have no idea.

But Mommy and Daddy take me anyway.

Like me. I think this little kid was lucky too. His Mommy probably takes him out to enjoy things everyone gets to. At least I hope she still does.

And I think it’s was really cool what that actor said.

Here’s a couple quotes from Kelvin (actor)…

kelvin moon loh“…I am in a show that is completely FAMILY FRIENDLY…and that means entire families – with disabilities or not.”

And…

“Not for some special performances but for all performances. A night at the theater is special on any night you get to go.”

Speaking of getting to go…

Bye…see ya ta-mah-wo.

 

Here’s where I got the pics:

Beauty and the Beast

Kelvin

Baind-Aid

Back To Work

workSo for the second straight year kids went back to school…and I didn’t? Hm?

I’m starting to get the idea that I miiiiiight not be going back.

I’m not gonna lie. I’ve been going to school since I was 3 years old. So it’s a little weird.

So I decided that I need to get a job.

rocksSure I do work around the house. I take out the trash. Wash dishes…kinda. And just yesterday I made these two little gems.

But I believe I’m capable of much more. So I decided to find something else a little more important.

And, contrary to what Daddy says…I’m not doing it because I am tired of fwee-woading. Not sure what that means…but he laughs when he says it. I laugh too…just to humor him.

So what does a guy like me do for work?

Well. I started thinking…

Wherever I go people seem to know me. They’re all “Hi Alec!”, “It’s so good to see you Alec!”, “Come see me sometime Alec!”. Embarrassing really.

Mommy says it’s like I’m Adam Levine.

I don’t know Adam…but he must live somewhere around us because Mommy says he’s hot.

And…believe me…it is H-O-T in The ATL!

But then Daddy shakes his head no…sooooo maybe he doesn’t live around here. Who knows???

Anyway…back to me.

I don’t remember if I told you this? But I am getting a new dog.

I know. I already have two. But this one is different.

This dog is going to hang out with me more. He’s…or she’s (I don’t know yet)…is gonna make sure I stay safe.

See. Autism does different things to different people. We’re ALL different.

For me…I don’t really sense danger like most people.

For instance. One day I got a bug aquarium; a little plastic container to put bugs in.

black-widow-spider1And I found one of these babies.

I know it’s a spy-der (you should have seen Daddy scream like a little girl – HILARIOUS).

But apparently this one is a Black Widow…and can give me a boo-boo-band-aid.

I’m not afraid of snakes or bees…and a whole bunch of other stuff.

But back to my new dog. (Man I am all over the place today.)

So it costs a lot of money to train the puppies to keep me – and others like me – out of danger.

Luckily, I have a bunch of pennies – and Mommy is really good at fund raising – so I can just pay.

But I don’t think everyone is as lucky as me (autistic or not)…so I’m gonna lend my celebrity to raising money for other people like me to get dogs that help keep them safe too.

I’ll go into more details later. But please go to this link and donate as many pennies as you can. I’ll appreciate it…and you’ll feel good too.

uncle samPlus Daddy says its tax deductible. Not sure what that means…but he gets excited because he says you don’t have to give as much money to my Uncle…Sam…I think???

That’s him…don’t remember meeting him. Although he looks a little angry. Lighten up DUDE!

Anyway…do me a solid and help me out with my new job HERE. And don’t be shy…tell your friends. Share this post.

Ok. Gotta go. Don’t wanna be late for werk.

See ya ta-mah-wo.

 

 

Here’s where I got my pictures:

Work

Spider

Uncle Sam

 

My Brave’s Appearance

braves gameAs you can imagine. I am a huge supporter of Autism Awareness.

It’s a little cumbersome sometimes. But I lend my celebrity to the cause by attending these events.

Some of them are pretty fun. Some…not so much.

I was just looking through some of my pictures. They were of an event I took a few friends to a couple weeks ago.

It was my first trip to an Atlanta Bwaves baseball game.

It was pretty cool I guess.

turnerdrummersThey had drums there. I love drums. Especially when the drummers dance. I love to boogie.

DSC06451.JPGAnd they also had a REALLY BIG drum. That was WAAAAAAY cool. The guy would play that. And all the people in the stadium who came out to see me did the tomahawk chop.

We sang “take me out to the ol’ ball game”.

Not only did they have drums. They also had a place to get my favorite eats…frensh fry chicken. Aaaand they had refills on the dwinks. Who knew?

bravesAnd…just to get into the spirit…I went all out and got some face paint to support the team.

Oooooooooo-o-ooo-ooooooo!

I have to admit though…that’s kinda where the fun stopped.

Do you have any idea how booooooring a baseball game is? It takes forever!!!

Guys run out on the field. One guy throws a baawl to another. Another tries to hit it with a stick. And then they go inside while more guys do the same thing.

And that just 1 inning! Whatever that is???? But there’s 9 of them. 9!

What the….???

Not to mention it was H-O-T. Hawt. I am not a big fan of hawt.

Mom says it has to do with my body’s inability to process heat…or something. I don’t know about all that??? But I don’t like it.

I guess that’s the price of celebrity.

braves game 2But it was for a good cause. And I got to hang out with some friends. All in the name of autism awareness.

Would I do it again?

Probably. If I had to.

GrumpyBut I have to admit. I was really off the next day. Some might say gwumpy. You know…like Sno-white.

I think it was because of the stimulation. People with autism react differently to stimulation.

For me. Tons of people. Really loud noises. Lots of activities. Not on my schedule.

That’s tough.

Oh! Mommy and Daddy…if you’re reading this?

Maybe pick pick something indoors next time. Like basketball or hockey or…better…a moooovie.

Ok. I have to go for now. I have a bunch of werk to do. Pictures. Signs. Drawing.

See ya ta-mah-wo.

Here’s where I got some of the pics:

Heavy Hitters

Big Drum

Grumpy

The others were mine.

 

A Day In The Life Of Me

One of the most often asked questions I get from my fans is “Alec, what do you do all day?”.

I’m not sure why they wanna know?  But. Instead of telling you…I thought I’d show.

scheduleOk. I’m totally kidding…that’s not mine.

All that stuff is sil-wee. And, frankly, I’m not sure why anyone would waste their time with it.

<insert shaking my head in pathetic wonderment here>

As I mentioned on my I’m Alec page (you should check it out if you haven’t already)…I am a 20-something dude.

That means I don’t go to skooool anymore.

Instead. I’m what you’d call a lifestyle entrepreneur (I made that word up…it means I organize, manage, and assume risks in my business affairs from home).

So here goes…my back-to-wook day:

Mommy and Daddy get up ridiculously early. I’m not gonna lie…it’s a little annoying. I pretty much get whenever I feel like it. I need my beauty sleep…this doesn’t just happen by accident.

After I get up. I usually go down stairs. Have some bwekfest. Then head into the office. I have two here at home. One, I share with Mom. And the other with Dad. Its a pretty good arrangement…but they can get annoyingly loud.

Then I’ll catch up see what Wy-in King is up to…THAT is one crazy cat I’d like to hang out with! Annnd maybe do a little online shopping. Do you have any idea how hard it is to sift through the thousands of available videos? Staggering.

That pretty much fills up my morning. Of course I don’t do all that at once. I take breaks. Walk around downstairs.

treadmillI’ve heard people call it “pacing”? I don’t know. We drive by places where people stand on machines like these one looking out a window…and they pay for it. What the…? I do it for free downstairs.

Then I’ll get a quick nap in until around 11 or 12. That’s when Mommy makes me lunch…I love pizza rolls.

After lunch I’ll do some more work. Usually catching up on the latest Star Wars episode…or maybe some Fraggles. Oh…I also run up and check in on Mommy and Daddy…just to make sure they’re staying on task.

After a long day. We’ll have some dinner.

And then. I’ll go back up to the office and do a little more back-to-werk. Or I’ll take the parents to look at some houses for a client.

I typically wind down around 7:30 or 8. And head up stairs and ni-nite-go-to-shweep.

So there you have it. My day.

As you can see…pretty busy…lots of important stuff.

I’ll talk to you later…I have to go take a bath now.

 

Credits:

Tread Mill Image Credit

 

Editor’s Note:

Sil-wee = Silly

Back-to-werk is what he says when sitting down at the computer because Tami tells him she has to get back to work.

Wy-in King = Lion King…he’s very into that now.