The normal answer from a teenager when asked if he wants to go to Disney to participate on a Taekwondo Tournament? No, of course not. But we are not talking about a normal teenager, this one is awesome and special. I am lucky enough to be called his mom.
We have been told there is a big tournament on Disney in October, and I looked at him and ask him, “are you interested?” and not a glimpse of care or interest was shown. Again today I ask, are you sure you don’t want to go to Disney?” and he just tell me, “why waste money on Disney if we can go someplace else with that money?” Indeed, my feelings exactly, but again, is not about me, is about him. And is not the fact that is Disney is the fact that is a tournament, and he love those.
Those are the days I feel most proud, he loves the competitions but he gets very anxious, you can see it in his face and the way he acts. But still, he soldiers on, and you can see the determination on his face. He goes for it. And I feel happy, very happy.
That is how autism world works, there are surprises, and turns, and surreal experiences when you less expect them. It’s what makes this world so interesting. But for now, we will skip that one tournament, and concentrate our efforts to a more exiting place, somewhere with museums, or big libraries, and hey, a train ride too!