LIFE IS A SPECTRUM / A visit to the library can be a trip

Billy LOVES the library. This gives me all kinds of joy, because I always loved the library as a kid too. However, like with a lot of parenting experiences since I've realized I was the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I've had to learn to let go of my expectations. I've learned to just let my unique kid enjoy the trip in his own way, because let's just say he has his own ideas about what makes a successful library trip. To their credit, his teachers and aides really let him choose his own books. And he has strong opinions and makes clear choices.

Now that he's a kindergartener, once every six days (don't get me started about trying to follow this six-day system in a five-day school week), Billy gets to go to the school library. If I remember to send back the book from his previous trip, he gets to pick out a new book.

Opening his backpack on library day is one of the highlights of my week.

Let me recount what I've found there over the last few months:

Curious George Makes Pancakes (we already have this book at home)

Madeline (we already have this book at home)

Dr. Seuss ABC (Yep, we've got that one too.)

At this point we have a semi-long discussion about choosing a book we don't have already at home. At which point I open his backpack and pull out ...


Followed, six days later, by this ...


That was a long week.

But after we managed to return this slightly disturbing bit of graphic war history to the library, we went through a golden period of Berenstain Bears, small chickens, cats who love christmas and an alligator who sends valentines to a squirrel. Several weeks in a row he brought home anything with a knight or a castle on it. And then he seemed to be fixated on any books that had a picture of someone or something angry on the cover.

Then library day rolled around this week.

Yesterday, I opened his backpack and pulled out ...


This is a very long book.

There are not a lot of pictures.

But his aide told me he was insistent that this was the book he wanted.

And he does seem to have an odd fascination with Gen. Colin Powell's rise "Straight to the Top." I am stunned each night as he listens with rapt attention as we work our way through the beginning of the first Gulf War, Powell being named Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his decision not to run in the 1996 presidential election. Needless to say, I've already started hearing a few scripts about "the decision to go to war" coming out of Mr. McScriptyPants at some odd moments.

Who knows what next week's library visit will hold? A manual on repairing the lawn mower? Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover? The biography of Steve Jobs?

Like every other day with my amazing boy, I know that library day will bring another surprise, a belly laugh or two, and quite a few learning experiences for both of us.

Reader Comments

Security text:*

Enter both words below, with or without a space.
The letters are not case-sensitive.
Can't read this? Try another

do you need prescription for acyclovir

valacyclovir generic availability dose of acyclovir for bell's palsy - what is apo-acyclovir 800 mg tablet cost of acyclovir cream - acyclovir 400 mg cold sore valacyclovir generic 54518 - acyclovir 400 mg tablets acyclovir capsules for cold sores - can acyclovir purchased over counter aciclovir tablets price - acyclovir vs valtrex cost acyclovir at cvs cost acyclovir 800 mg cold sore

do you need prescription doxycycline hyclate

doxycycline hyclate 100mg twice day what does doxycycline capsule look like - buy doxycycline for humans generic version of doxycycline - buy doxycycline malaria online can u buy doxycycline over counter - ic doxycycline hyclate 100mg tab buy doxycycline generic - buy doxycycline in the uk doxycycline hyclate oral capsule 100 mg - cost of doxycycline 100mg what is the prescription doxycycline used for can you buy doxycycline stores

where to buy clomid in new zealand

difference between taking clomid from day 3 7 or day 5 9 where can i get a prescription clomid - buying generic clomid online can you buy clomid from shops - where did you buy your clomid online quais as chances de engravidar no segundo ciclo com clomid - where to buy nolvadex online does clomid have to be taken at the same time each day - online clomid order when do you ovulate if you take clomid days 3 7 - buy clomid or serophene clomiphene citrate canadian pharmacy clomid no prescription good place buy clomid

cuando no tomar flagyl 250 mg

flagyl 500 mg cost flagyl 500 mg bacterial infection - order flagyl online next day delivery buy flagyl cheap - generic flagyl medication flagyl 500 mg 30 comprimidos - flagyl 400 mg price metronidazole flagyl 8 co oral 250 mg en une prise - what are flagyl 400mg tablets for generic medicine for flagyl - flagyl 500 mg three times daily metronidazole flagyl 8 co oral 250 mg prise much does flagyl cost without insurance

cost of z pak at walmart

zithromax 1 gram oral packet zithromax 500 mg tabs - zithromax no prescription online how much zithromax do i take to cure chlamydia - zithromax how to buy how long does zithromax take to cure bronchitis - azithromycin 250 mg for strep throat zithromax z-pack no prescription - azithromycin for sale no prescription zithromax z-pak 250 mg oral tablet - generic zithromax cost can i take zithromax if i am allergic to erythromycin zithromax where to buy it

purchase kamagra oral jelly

kamagra jelly prices kamagra sicher online kaufen - where to buy kamagra oral jelly buy kamagra 100 - buy kamagra india online kamagra oral jelly sale durban - buy kamagra oral jelly uk buy 1000 kamagra - kamagra oral jelly best price kamagra oral jelly manufacturers in india - buy kamagra nottingham buying kamagra soho cheap kamagra in uk

buy cytotec botswana

buy mifepristone and misoprostol pills online cytotec abortion pill online - buy cytotec in saudi arabia costo de las pastillas cytotec - where i can buy a cytotec in manila where to buy cytotec pills - buy mifepristone misoprostol online buy cytotec davao - buy cytotec uae cytotec costo en bogota - where to buy original cytotec in cebu precio pastilla cytotec costa rica mifepristone and misoprostol to buy

do you need prescription for nolvadex

how long to take nolvadex after cycle buy nolvadex italy - buy dianabol nolvadex generic supplements nolvadex - how much nolvadex should i take during cycle is tamoxifen the same as nolvadex - nolvadex post cycle buy should nolvadex be taken on an empty stomach - nolvadex buy canada how much nolvadex should i take during cycle - buy nolvadex men tamoxifen tablets nolvadex nolvadex to get rid of gyno

Total 13 comments

Subscribe to this blog!

Autism, motherhood and the crazy beautiful life on the spectrum.

...or grab my button! button

(Billy and I are in it.)


Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31