Jakobs Journal

April 19…a jog and a great read

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Game over. I can no longer sit around being all fat and lazy. Jakob has a new thing. He likes jogging…or as he puts it “fast run”. No more leisurely walks for us, the kid wants to “fast run”. The poor landscaping people in my subdivision were looking at us and I could tell they were wondering if they should call 911.

I have no idea what started this one. The other day we were just out walking and he grabbed my hand and took off. Now granted, his little legs and his pacing are about the speed of a pretty fast walk for me so I could take it kinda easy but still. Come on. I can’t be out-hustled by an 8-year-old.

And it is pretty funny. He holds my hand and goes. Every little bit, I’ll start running fast enough that he has to really hoof it to keep up. He’s so cute. Remember that kid in school who was always a little awkward and uncoordinated? That’s my little buddy. Run Forrest run.

So I read a new book by Jodi Picoult, “House Rules”. The story revolves around Jacob, a teenager with Asperger’s who’s accused of murder. Great story, great writing, great job capturing ASD from every angle…Jacob’s, the mom’s, the brother’s, the cop’s, the lawyer’s. I laughed, I cried, I related. A must-read for anyone who’d like a deeper understanding of how Autism affects the individual and the whole family. I loved it!