I have never been to Gardner Village before. I have always heard the advertisements and used to live pretty close to it, just never felt the need to stop by. Thursday mom invited all of us to go with her to see the witches they have around for Halloween.
The kids LOVED it. JD was so good and enjoyed being around some of his favorite people for the afternoon. There was a situation where a lady thought he was misbehaving and yelled at him. I let her know he had Autism and he didn’t understand. She made me so mad! He wasn’t even misbehaving, he was chasing a kitty cat because he wanted to pet it. When he gets excited he gets “flappy” and his hands go a mile a minute. She thought he was trying to hit the cat. I usually just apologise when someone tells me JD is misbehaving, I have always wanted to stand up to them more but never have. This time it really got under my skin that she yelled at him and I was standing right behind him. It brought out my mamma bear claws and I’m glad I finally had the gumption to tell her he was fine, just Autistic.
With the exception of “crazy cat woman” it was a delightful afternoon. We took a lot of great pictures and talked about going back during the Christmas holidays to see how they redecorate things.
Wednesday (I know I’m going out of order, forgive me) Mom, Art, Steph and I watched Temple Grandin. It’s an HBO movie about an amazing Autistic woman, Temple Grandin. I had heard a lot about the movie but hadn’t gotten the chance to rent it until this past week. Thanks to a mom in JD’s Autism play group for reminding me to check it out. It was amazing! Within 10 minutes I was crying because I could relate a little. It was spectacular the way they showed how she viewed the world and it made us all wonder if that’s kind of how JD sees things and that’s why he’ll fixate on shapes. We laughed and cried throughout the entire film. It’s full of hope and really can show how amazing these souls with Autism are! As soon as I returned the redbox I got on amazon.com and ordered a copy of the DVD, I expect it to come tomorrow if it’s not sitting in my mail box right now. If anyone wants to borrow it I will lend it out. I can’t wait to watch it with Jeremy! Even if you don’t deal with Autism I think it’s a wonderful movie.