By Kelly Harland
Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's existence to the age of 14, and the hot and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either expert musicians - needs to learn how to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate lifestyle, creating a journey to the grocer appear like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. while Will ultimately learns the supply and take of dialog or desires approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that something is feasible.
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Now, recently, we’ve received shocking reports from his teachers: he was actually caught singing Christmas carols in a new school chorus the other day. There is a band for fourth and fifth graders, and our arts-oriented school principal has suggested that we try starting Will on an instrument. The fantasies that were so fleeting, that seemed so out of this mother’s grasp once upon a time, now light on my shoulder and stay for a moment, like amazing little butterflies that I may someday be able to hold in my hand.
BIG TALK / 61 I hesitate. I’m feeling terribly warm. I never wanted to introduce my child to the label someone else created for him. And yet an instinct tells me it may help him, give him something to cling to for a moment. ” “Well, one or two different ones, I’ve used that special word. That word describes something you may have been born with. ” I am tripping over stones on a strange and difficult trail, picking and sidestepping my way through the underbrush. And now he’s still. He has calmed down.
No. We drive by the big stadium all the time and he loves to see it, but once when we went past, he got a glimpse of the roaring crowd. That was enough for Will. A game, people, crowds, noise, chaos. Hot dogs, alien food, smells, sound that come out of the blue. No spectator sports yet. Videos? A few. But since he doesn’t know what might come at him when the tape starts rolling, he nixes most titles most of the time. And then, the reading issue. He certainly hasn’t progressed as far as his classmates and does all his reading for class separately from them.