A few months ago, we received a note from Jaime Jenett about an experience she had with her son, Simon. When Simon was just 3 months and 3 weeks old, he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition – Cardiomyopathy. A little over five years later, Simon was diagnosed with autism. Like Owen, Simon will utilize his favorite characters and dialogue as a means of expressing emotions. Like Ron, Jaime bravely shares her family’s most personal experiences to help others learn and grow.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the many stories Jaime has shared on her blog:
“He [Simon] went through a series of approximately 20 characters from movies, books, TV shows and his life. For each one, he said they were crying and then, with prompting, told me why.
It went like this:
Simon: Barbie is crying
Me: Why is Barbie crying?
Simon: Because her Dreamhouse is gone.
Me: Oh, that’s so so sad. She must be so sad.
Here are just a few that I can remember:
Professor Callahan (Big Hero 6) is crying because his daughter is gone.
The Boov (from the movie Home) are crying because their planet is gone.
Rosetta (from the Disney Fairies) is crying because Tinkerbell is gone.
MM (Laura’s Mom) is crying because her daughter is gone.
The Storm Troopers are crying because their guns are gone (this one particularly got me).
It went on like this for about 20 minutes. The thing that struck me most was that each person lost the thing that meant the very most to them. They weren’t crying because they lost a comic book, or a toy. They lost their person or their planet or the most identifying thing about them.”