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Autism Awareness Repost #9: Put It On My List


Originally published June 20, 2011.

Put It On My List

This is yet another item on the “I Can’t Believe That He Just Did That” list.

My list — it’s extensive.

On Saturday, my boys and I went to the pool. There weren’t too many folks there so Nathan and I started a game of catch in the middle of the pool. After awhile, it dawned on me that I hadn’t laid eyes on any of my other sons for several minutes. So, I told Nathan that I was going to do a head count and then we’d resume our game.

I first went to look for Eli, my youngest. I quickly found him at the snack bar (of course) but not mooching food (thank goodness for that). He was sitting at a table with Charlie. Eli had procured his special dip — the dip that consists of equal parts mustard and ketchup — and was sucking it into his mouth using a coffee stirrer. I asked him to sit on our lounge chair so that I would know where he was while he finished his “seekret speshal dip” as he calls it.

So, I was 2 down and 1 to go before I could be relaxed and play some more catch with Nathan. Then I realized that James was probably in the bathroom and I resolved to have 10 more throws with Nathan before I would leave the pool to go get him.

Turns out that I didn’t have to go get him because, along about throw number 8, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a boy James’s size with identical swim trunks coming from the direction of the bathroom. I turned to check that it really was James and saw him, half-running, into the shallow end of the pool. He had his snorkel in one hand and his goggles in the other. I was visually assuring myself that he also had his trunks pulled up enough when something on his face distracted me.

I looked closer and saw that James was sporting the biggest, most majestic, Santa-like soap bubble beard that I had ever seen. Really, he probably had used the majority of one of those liquid soap dispensers to concoct his beard.

That thing defied the laws of physics, I tell you.

Anyway, he continued to run until he was at the center of the pool where he dunked himself and came up with a flourish equal to any circus performer. It was his big ta-da moment.

Nathan and I laughed, of course. We kept on playing catch and James went back to swimming.

Just another day in my never boring life.

I hope y’all are having a good Monday.


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