Autism and Kitty Love

1 Aug

My son Alphonse will turn 14 in a few months (in three months, to be exact) and were he your ordinary, every day, typical kind of boy, he would not have a thing to do with Hello Kitty. His older brother, Alex, does not even set foot inside a Sanrio store, except when absolutely necessary, like when he has to buy a gift for me. (When Gift Gate used to carry Legos, Alex would ask that the Legos be brought to him by the door. The sales persons, thinking he was darned cute, would oblige. They would stand near the doorway, hold a couple of Lego boxes, and Alex would make his choice by pointing from afar. I think this will change in the near future, when he has to buy gifts for girls other than me.)

But Alphonse, well, he grew up with Hello Kitty beside him- on his bed, on his clothes, on his things- and to him, it was as natural as anything else in his little world. While A was concerned that I encouraged it a little too much, he didn’t exactly forbid it. I think as long as Alphonse was happy, he was happy too, never mind that Hello Kitty does not rank anywhere near A’s favorite things in the world.

This week, a package I ordered some months back arrived. It came from Esi, one of my friends in the Multiply social network. I knew as early as then when I asked for measurements that this would not fit me, but I had someone else in mind: Alphonse. And I was right. When he donned this on, he gave me the sweetest smile, rubbed his hands gently on the fleece surface, and hugged me tightly. Even more, when I started taking pictures of him, he posed like a world-class supermodel.

Wearing his fleece vest (from Tita Esi), with his Kitty timer (from Tita Vivi) on him and his favorite Kitty vibrating pillow (from Mama) in unprompted poses

Ah, the innocence and simple happiness of a child, one of autism’s unexpected gifts.

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9 Responses to “Autism and Kitty Love”

  1. Ness August 1, 2008 at 9:40 am #

    What a lively vest. And a lovely child. Reading this one made me smile. A big one.

    Thanks, Doc Ness~ ♥Kittymama

  2. MegaMom August 1, 2008 at 9:53 am #

    He is so cute wearing that vest! He’s really so guwapo talaga, mana sa daddy, hehe.

    Yes, the older he grows, the more he looks like his dad. A real charmer… ~♥Kittymama

  3. manggy August 2, 2008 at 2:06 am #

    Ha ha ha! Alex is such a… guy. I dunno. That soo reminds me of “As Good As It Gets!” There’s something about the floor surface of a Gift Gate, lol.
    Alphonse is soo cute! Nice vest! The timing’s just right, the cold just set in!

    You’re right! And guys can be so weird… defining their masculinity by their distance to girly things. Alex won’t touch Kitty with a ten-foot pole, if he can help it. 🙂 ~♥Kittymama

  4. odette August 2, 2008 at 1:32 pm #

    happy birthday Alphonse!
    what pure happiness, i can feel his glow from here!

    Thank you for the advance birthday greeting, Odette! ~♥Kittymama

  5. leirs August 3, 2008 at 7:18 am #

    yes indeed it’s so pure.. totally unconditional…

    Oo, mare…he is so unhampered by the worries of life. He doesn’t even mind that there’s a large screaming Kitty on his back; all he knows is that he is happy. 🙂 ♥Kittymama

  6. caryn August 4, 2008 at 5:31 am #

    awwww, your son is so big na 😉

    he looks really happy and that is one cute vest!

    Thanks, Caryn! Binata na and he still likes Hello Kitty, hehe! ~♥Kittymama

  7. FXSmom August 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm #

    He is just sooo handsome!!! I love the pics 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing them.

    I’m glad you enjoyed them, as much as he did posing for them. That boy loves the camera! ~♥Kittymama

  8. julie August 7, 2008 at 7:48 am #

    Oh, he is so handsome, That smile in the last photo is so enchanting 🙂

    Thanks, Teacher Julie, he is a charmer indeed. Already, some people are asking for his contact number, hehe. ~♥Kittymama

  9. Casdok August 12, 2008 at 6:20 pm #

    Certainly is one of autism’s gifts. He’s gorgeous! 🙂

    Thanks, Casdok! He certainly can turn on the charm when he wants to. ~♥Kittymama

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