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The Puzzle Boys New Adventures for 2009! Autism Has a Right! | The Puzzle Boy

The Puzzle Boys New Adventures for 2009! Autism Has a Right!

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Have you ever noticed that Autism changes? It has many faces. Each day is new. You may gain some ground, then you may lose that ground. You have no idea why. It just happens. A few years down the road, you can look back and say, hey, even though we took steps backward, somehow we have gained ground! Nothing is stagnant, things change, move, grow. That is how it is with our kids. I am thankful for that!

Quite a number of years ago, when Seth was 7 or 8, he had a little violin. He took violin lessons. He was so proud of that little half size instrument. He made it hum. Up and down went the bow. His little fingers would move over the strings, picking out Long, Long Ago. Every day we would listen to Suzuki music. Yes, that was long, long ago. Unfortunately, Autism and seizures took over the fun. If the grass was being mowed during his lesson, the grass allergies would get to him. He could not concentrate if there was any distraction at all. Seizures wiped out his mind too many times back then.

Fifteen years have passed since then, with the little violin following us wherever we moved. Seth would proudly tell people all about his little violin. I guess we were still quite nostalgic about it.

This brings us up to the present. Seth is 22 years old. He is a mature "child." Love reigns supreme in his heart and he loves music. Whenever he sees someone play a violin, he is all ears and all eyes and all smiles. Recently a young girl, age 5, in our church, has decided to learn the violin. She wanted a violin in the worse way. My heart went out, knowing about the little violin that resides in our home. I offered that perhaps she could use Seth's violin, if, that is, he would part with it. I did not want them to get their hopes up as I was not sure this would happen. I asked Seth, "You know the little girl in church? She would really like to play the violin. Would you want to share yours? She would keep it for awhile."

Pause. "No, I really want to keep it here." was Seth's reply. Just as I had thought. Hmmmm. A thought popped in my mind one night. Do you suppose the violin teacher would want to teach Seth? Do you suppose Seth might want to take violin lessons again? He has been really progressing lately. His mind is much sharper, he has way less seizures, he is not distracted, he is much more focused than back then. It is funny how your mind stays in a certain path until one day you wake up and realize you need to zoom to fast forward. The following day I asked Seth "Would you like to take violin lessons again?" The answer was swift. "YES!" "Who would teach me?" "I already have a violin."

"Seth, your violin is way to small for you now. You grew up like Joseph and the coat of Many Colors. Joseph grew up and the coat no longer fit. We have to get you a big adult size violin now. Would you want to sell your little violin to the little girl in church? Then we could put that money toward a larger one." Again, "Yes, I will do that. Let's go to town and find another violin!" I called Lisa, she was more than willing to teach Seth. She stated that she thought he was pretty smart and quite perceptive.

In town, we found the music store and listened to each violin. We picked out the one that sounded good and had a reasonable price. Seth has collected lots of birthday money, and he was ready to spend in on this new adventure in his life! I believe he will be commited. When we brought the beautiful instrument home, we carefully took it out of its case, rosined the bow, put on the shoulder rest, an tried it out. Oh, it made quite a loud noise! I put it on Seth's shoulder, and helped him hold the bow. To begin with, he pressed down very hard. It took about 5 minutes of working with him for him to get a lighter touch and make a sweeter sound. We were so happy! He is teachable. Even if he is not a savant at the violin, if he can learn a few songs, it will make him happy. It will encourage his brain cells to synapse even more, it will add a sweet sound in our home. Our daughter would play the piano so beautifully when she lived with us. My heart would melt at her special talent and touch. We have missed that. I guess to fill the spot, I took up the hammered dulcimer, and the bowed psaltery along with my guitar. I pulled out the old wooden recorder and stare now and then at my clarinet. It needs a lot of work on it and I wonder if I want to really pucker my lips up that much anymore! I really want to get an Irish Whistle and learn that. My mother, at age 66 has also taken up the hammered dulcimer, and is having an Irish Whistle made for her. Who knows, with Seth at the violin, hopefully my dear husband will take the time to learn the Mountain Dulcimer, and with what all the others play, we can make beautiful music together!

The little girl at church came this week to buy the little violin. I took a picture of it. If I can ever figure out how to download pics on here, I will post it. She is a happy camper. Everyone is ready for lessons!

I hope that this year, you can find a special something for your Autistic child to do. Pray for an idea, it will happen!

Next story, I will share our next adventure! I hope you are motivated to move forward, take a look at where you were and where you now are, reevaluate, and move forward!

Sincerely Humming along,

Nancy Lynne!