Life in my 30's
So- I have my nephew Colby here today. He is here for the summer as his parents split- and as of right now, this is the only part of the year we see him. I’m going to be frank: I really know nothing about autism. I mean, I’ve seen a documentary, I’ve read some stuff—but it’s one of those abilities, like most other “disorders,” that has so many spectrums and people have varying opinions.
I really enjoy having Colby over. I love that because of this thing considered a “disorder,” that he is more child-like and open. I have no idea where his intellect levels are, but I can just see that he has creative ideas jogging in his mind. It is so hard for me to let go of my own individuality to let someone else have theirs. I know- pathetic, right? But think about it, I’m sure we all struggle with that to some degree. For me it’s like I’m afraid I will lose myself if I don’t hang onto every thread, every fiber of my being.
Colby is great with my daughter, Summer. She is not quite 3, but unlike some older brothers and sisters, Colby will sit down and play with her. Sure, he can test her at times- but that’s also due to the fact that he hasn’t seen her in a year, and he’s only 10 so it’s not like he understands what a toddler should act like.
Today we went on a nature walk. There aren’t a lot of leaves this time of year, but we picked grasses, different bush branches, the stalk of a cattail, and various other things found in nature. I don’t know why, but my house never has the essentials. Know what I mean? Like, a pipe lying around or rope or all of those odd-ball things that our parents/older siblings/grand-parents, etc. all seem to collect. I’m also flat broke right now so all of our art projects revolve around anything we can recycle in the house. Back to my nephew having those creative juices flowing—-I enjoy working on art with Colby because he’s not limited (or doesn’t seem to be). He’s not afraid to put something where it’s not normally placed, he’s not inside the box. We made a pretty kick butt abstract art piece that started on the small idea of using a toilet paper roll cut in half to make a pop out 3D tree trunk. Then I had some rippled, textured cardboard that we used for the tree branches. It’s pretty wicked awesome looking so I can’t wait to post a picture of it. Guess I have to wait on that picture—-coming soon 🙂
As for our next art project, we are going to make robots out of household materials (cans, bolts, brillo sponges, magnets, etc). I think these creatures are neat- and I found more than one site that gave instructions, but here’s a sneak peek at the finished project.
I really enjoy art—but I’m not as free as I used to be. Something happened—guess it’s back to finding my voice. I don’t allow myself to live in the moment. I’m working on it, but my mind just isn’t as free as it used to be. I love that I am blessed to have a fairly creative spirit so that I can share this with children especially. Kinda makes me wonder why I never tried to be a teacher. I remember telling my mentor in the 12th grade when she suggested teaching, that I just didn’t think I was smart enough. I still don’t think I am. I can research anything—I know how to use the tools we are given to find information. I am fairly street smart with high intuition. But book smart and tests—HECK NO!
“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
~Henry Ward Beecher
“It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential”
I am so proud of Colby!! I’m excited he’s different and unafraid or limited by the “norm.”