[Jessica is my 5 year old son’s 25 year old best friend. She teaches him appropriate times to use cool words like “Scrilla scrill!” and “Come on!” when playing video games, shares snacks with him, runs around with him, and acts as his “reward” when he completes a behavioral therapy program. She gets together with “Tootles” as she calls him, weekdays at the office where we work and sometimes, on weekends at home.
Jessica is a regular contributor to this blog. Her posts appear here every other Saturday – when I can get them out of her… (and give Mommy a little break!) So, here it is now… Please enjoy”Adventures with Tootles!”]
[Recap of last blog post episode: Tootles found a new girl (Trista) and I was left looking like a wet sticky mess.]
This Week On…… Adventures with Tootles.
I have been trying to woo Tootles back to me. This is not an easy feat. Once he has a new girl, the old ones are cast aside like an old juice box….
I’m NOT gonna take this lying down!
I have done some research (well really, he tells you what he is into) about what Tootles is into these days. He is a Batman fanatic. You already knew that. He LOVES the Beach Boys! Actually, it’s only one song: Barbara Ann.
In my quest to win back Tootles’ affection, I have spent hours and lots of wadded up papers on plots and schemes. I wanted to dress as Batman. Unfortunately, Batman costumes don’t accommodate boobs (I have those)….
I thought that maybe I could perfect my Joker laugh but every time I started to get a good laugh going I would start to choke, and then cough. Not something that Joker does….
So the Beach Boys are my only hope.
I have been practicing my best Beach Boys voice and trying to remember the song to the best of my ability. It has, pretty much, been a bust for anyone with an ear for music. Still, Tootles loves it every time I start the intro: “Bar- Bar- Bar-, Barbara Ann, Bar- Bar- Bar-, Barbara ANNNNNNNNN, Please take my hannnddddddd,”
He runs up and starts to dance. He asks me to sing it over and over and over. Tootles really only sings the first few lines. He does that just to get people to sing the rest to him.
This has created a problem for me. His new lady, Trista, sings and, she sings good. She will pick up where he has left off and they will do a little duet. WITHOUT ME!!!!!!
So, sneaky me went home one day and put the song on the computer and refreshed my memory. I came back with a couple more lines to the song that my competition didn’t know! I started singing over Trista and busted out the new lines.
“Went to the dance, looking for romance, saw Barbara Ann, so I thought I’d take a chance on Barbara Annnnnnnn” Tootles LOVED IT!!
Later, he asked Trista to sing the part that I had taught him and she didn’t know it!! Ha ha!! Now, I can laugh like the Joker!
I think that I am starting to win my Tootles back! Stay tuned!
[Solodialogue’s Note: Jessica’s Adventures with Tootles shows what I consider a very healthy, accepting and nonjudgmental relationship by someone who knew my son, but did not know autism and then has the word “autism” introduced into the equation. True, that when I told her of his diagnosis, I was a little taken aback at her blunt – so what- approach. But since that day, she has shown me how adding a “label” to certain behaviors does not have to change a relationship between my son and others, and between others and me. She’s shown me that autism is irrelevant to who we really are inside. And she’s shown me that what I sometimes view with worry and fear, can be viewed with laughter, tickles, and love. Jessica can be found on Twitter @squidkisses. She freely taunts all who engage her…]