More inspiration from Charlie Fisher.
In the latest post at Autismland, Kristina recounts a conversation between Charlie and his dad, Jim:
"Giff," said Charlie, handing Jim some colored balls he had been rolling around. "Give, he means take, give means take," said Jim, walking up the stairs.
In Autismland, give means take.
It really does.
On the most basic level, "give" means "take" the way "you" means "me," the way "you want juice" means "I want juice."
But it's more than that. At least it is in my corner of Autismland.
Because over here, giving Bud what he really needs means taking the time to pay attention to him, to read his cues, to notice the subtle changes.
Giving him every advantage means taking his perspective, trying to think a step ahead, and imagining how whatever it is that's coming might appear to him.
Giving Bud the time he needs and the respect he deserves means taking pride in the remarkable accomplishments he makes.
Giving him opportunities means taking risks.
Charlie's got it right. In Autismland, give means take.