Friday, May 1, 2009
Cooper and the Talent Show
If you know me or read my blog, you know I have a son with Aspberger's Syndrome. This is a form of autism, on the mild side of the spectrum. Cooper is Cooper and we love him for exactly who he is. We regulate his diet and do detox foot pads for him and all these things seem to help him immensely. Aspberger's kids are not social butterflies. Social situations are tough on them and they do not have the social skills to recognize many boundaries in our society. That being said, Coop has come a long way. He is amazing and I am blessed to be the mother of this wondrous little man.
Cooper came home yesterday and said he wanted to be in the school talent show. You could have knocked me over with a feather. He tells jokes. He has only done this at family get-togethers, but he is pretty funny. He finishes his jokes with, "am I right or am I right?" Hilarious. Or he gives is own little drum beat, "Baddadumpda". I love it. I can only hope that the other kids and parents will get his little sense of humor.
The talent show may seem like no big deal for most kids. They want to get up there, sing, play an instrument, all those "normal" things. That this even showed up on Cooper's radar is huge. That he wants to do it is beyond any kind of range I can think about. This is a child, who up to three years ago, I had to force to go outside and play. This is a child who refers to his best friend at school as his "classmate, I don't really know his name, but he is my best friend". This is a child who would yell at other children for not playing video games the "right" way. My Cooper is going to try out for the talent show and tell jokes. Miracles happen in every day life.
So as I celebrate my small miracle, I say rejoice. We all face challenges in our children. Some great, some small. All challenges that our children face are huge to us. We as adults sometimes feel we know the outcome of them reaching out and want to protect them above all else. I know in some areas, I am overprotective of Cooper. I have had to recognize this and let go. Letting go allows my Coop-de-doop to fly. He can soar if I let go. Through my tears I will watch him conquer his world.
If you are facing anything involving your child, I implore you to pray about everything going on. "Knee" mail to God accomplishes so many things, the least of which is a peace in your spirit. We cannot shield our children for all harmful things, they have to touch the stove to know what "hot" means. We can always shelter them with prayer, love, and understanding. We are our children's soft place to land when life is bumpy.
So life is good and I am blessed and Cooper is hysterical......
God bless you and yours.