What! Two posts in a row, but don’t get too used to this.
JD has been the kid who would not show emotion toward others or give hugs too often when he was younger and even now it can vary. He did do it more with me then Bobbie for some reason or another. However, recently when he goes down for the night he has been giving Bobbie hugs each time. That could be from the routine I set for him which is after we read and say prayers he sits up for some sort of embrace, but it is a really good thing even it is just his routine he has when he goes to sleep.
I noticed the other day at McDonald’s when he was playing and Gwen was trying to catch up with him but she tripped or something and started to cry. JD stopped what he was doing and actually went down to her and briefly asked if she was all right and gave her a quick little hug before running off. He rarely pays attention to Gwen when she is crying besides yelling for her to stop crying by saying ‘sush’ or ‘zip it Gwen!’ Then last night as he was watching some show as I was on the computer on the couch and JD usually will sit next to you, but getting close to him is rarely an option and if you get to close he will to you to ‘scootch over,’ but this time he kept slowly inching his way toward me on the couch and laid into me as he watched his show. I just asked him what he was doing and he said ‘I am cuddling with Dad’ and then reverted back to watching the show. That was pretty nice since he usually does not like people up close too often in that manner.
Later that night, when JD was staying over at his grandparents his cousins were watching a movie and JD was invited to hop on the recliner to share the seat with his cousin and then later on all three were on the floor together watching the show. Well, I should say that JD had the iPod clutched in his hand the whole time, but he did pull himself away from that at times to watch the show when there was singing and dancing going on. Both of those moments made me think about the HBO movie Temple Grandin which is about a girl with autism and is about her life, and there was a moment that unless you have been in contact with anyone who has autism the moment would not mean all that much and something that was probably missed. She would did not like contact and only really shook people’s hands because that was taught to her and she never gave hugs.
There was one point in the movie when her teacher passed away and they were at the funeral and Temple came by her mom and it looked like she was going to give a hug as she leaned in and got real close by tilting her head by the shoulder, but she stopped there and kept walking. That part was actually pretty moving because the mom realized what almost happened, and it reminds me when you asked JD for a hug and he would just lean his head in at an angle and that was it.
He sometimes still does that but usually he will either say no or give you a big hug.
Picture is small because it was taken from my computer.