Saturday, April 12, 2008

Casey's Oddities


I think I am going to have a feature section in my blog called "Casey's Oddities" where I will feature a funny story about something that Casey feels strongly about and may seem a bit odd to the rest of the world, but non the less important, to him. I was telling my sister this story on the phone today and felt it was worthwhile to share.

During Casey's spring break, we received copies of the publication that had a story I had written about him in. The magazine is a good one, and it's geared towards supplying information to parents of 0 to 3 year olds. My story concentrated on the time that we were finding out about Casey having Autism and what we did Early intervention wise. It features 3 really cute pictures of him too. My mom was visiting at the time and of course demanded a copy, and even asked Casey to autograph one (not me the writer). He started glancing through it, and when he realized it was about babies and toddlers, that was it.

A little background, short but sweet, the image of the Gerber baby scares the hell out of him, he can't stand the sound of baby dolls in the toy section if they talk, and the infant care department might as well be a haunted house. So, for some reason, babies and all that go with them are taboo. We don't know why, and we're not sure if we ever will, despite our attempts at remembering a situation that would have instilled this dislike/fear of all things baby.

So, to be part of a story in a "baby" magazine as he called it was out of the question. Luckily, he didn't see the other 9 copies and only took the one my mom had, took it out to the outdoor trash can, and commenced to take it down to the curb despite it not being trash day. He wanted NO part of that magazine.

We of course fished it out, hid it away, and wondered what the hell would lead him to make such an effort. Funny and strange at the same time, like the Autistic brain can often be!