January 10, 2008 by Marj Hatzell
Toasted Nut O’s (from TJ’s) all over my kitchen floor. And Family Room floor. And Living Room and Dining Room. And…
Crunch, crunch, crunch. Can’t stand it. Can’t stand sitting on them on my couch. Cannot stand finding them in my purse when I am out in public.
Bugaboo has a funky stim. His arms are straight out in front of him (think sleepwalking cartoon people) and then they go in a circular motion, like “Wax ON! Wax OFF!”while he sprinkles whatever it is in his hands. You have to see it to believe it. It seems so random and yet I think he deliberately makes patterns on the floor because it pleases him (in other words, sensory stimulation. Crayons and pipe cleaners and colored pencils make the most beautiful Kalidescope of colors on the Playroom floor. As in, 500 pipe cleaners, three boxes of 96 crayons and 100 colored pencils. All at the SAME TIME. It’s purty to look at. To clean it up? Not so much. The good news is that because I am the queen of organization (STOP LAUGHING) I can easily get him to pick most of it up and put it back in the bins. And apparently, putting the bins in the locked basement did not work because he now knows how to use the door keys! HOORAY! Another skill mastered by my brilliant child. Although this is one that I could have lived without. This child is the spawn of Houdini (or the devil, not sure which). I’m telling you, we could lock him up in anything and he’d find a way out.
Then there was the time(s) he found the brand-new box of cotton swabs (Q-tips for those of you that don’t know what cotton swabs are) and all 1800 of them ended up on the floor. As in, all over the second floor. As in, every square inch of all three bedrooms, the hall and both bathrooms. In less than a minute. The boy has Mad Skillz, y’all. That’s some talent.
Now, how do we channel this talent into a profitable and independant occupation when he’s an adult? I’m thinking abstract art. I can buy him large canvases and let him go to town with paint, food, glue, etc. He’ll be at the Met. You’ll see!