Minion Monday – Winning
The last couple of months have been hard for everyone here. There is the normal pressure of the holidays with all the fun and excitement that’s involved. Zach doesn’t like change. However, this year he did better than the years before. This year he was the highlight. I want to go as far as saying this year he was winning at holidays. You see my little boy who barely even acknowledged that gift giving holidays existed was EXCITED! In fact, for the first time ever, he even asked of gifts.
I know, I hear you, thinking big deal… all kids ask for things. Zach is 13, why would it be strange for him to ask for things?
Well, you have to know Zach. Zach has autism. For years he was almost completely nonverbal. He could ask for things he needed on a regular basis, but never did he ask for something new. Not once. When he was very small, he would learn a word and say it for a few days then one day it would just be gone. It was like his brain didn’t know how to make the sounds that make up that word. For example, if you held a cup in one hand and a block in the other. He could point to the block when prompted and to the cup but he couldn’t make the sound of the word. No matter how he tried.
After his autism diagnosis and therapy, he slowly gained words and retained them. We learned slowly how to prevent the loss, we realized these were his version of regression. Regression sucks. Eventually, he stopped regressing. He learned words, more and more. Never before this last couple of years has he just asked for something that wasn’t in the “need” category.
He has gone from not being able to ask for a cup to wanting a specific cup to asking for video games and toys. It only took 13 years. I guess you can see a little bit why I thinking this is a big deal. Let’s just say this year has been a long time coming.
This year he asked for Amiibos. Multiple. He even knew which ones. He went as far as looking them up and sending me links via a messenger program from his computer to mine.
He had LINKS!! He knew what he wanted and he got every single one he asked for because he asked.
This year our winning came in the form of words. This year my best gift came from the voice of my child. Winning to me is every little word that comes from him, even the curse words, even the complaints. Every one of those is a long time coming, every word is a gift.
Who knows maybe one day he will chew me out for writing about him?
Disclaimer, Zach didn’t do today’s comic, it is from my head.