“With Whom am I Speaking….”

I knew who it was. Many years had gone by since Maura had been John’s Occupational Therapist. More years had passed since we’ve spoken on the phone. But every so often, as in maybe once a year, we will run into Maura and catch up on each other’s life adventures.

Today was that day…

She was hesitant on the phone wondering if she had our number correct. I wondered why she was calling and smiled when her soft spoken voice asked if John might do her a favor. Would he please autograph her copy of “Bean and Pocket?”

Yes, he’d love to…

Maura shared with us that her daughter Olivia, who grew up to be a schoolteacher recently read “Bean and Pocket” to her class. Olivia explained to her class how she has known John since they were young children. Maybe she told them a little about Autism and what that means to a child or the families of children who live with it. Maybe there was class discussion on the sometimes insurmountable difficulties and the sometimes rare but terribly precious moments of celebration that Autism brings to life.

I hope so…

Today brought with it a visit from an old friend. More than that, a chance to celebrate John’s illustrations with somebody that was there during a time when John lived almost exclusively in the *Land of A. Nervous and yet so excited, John sat down to autograph his “Bean and Pocket.” Proudly John showed the person who had worked so hard to help him use his hands and find his voice, his new illustrations that he is currently working on for our new book, “Sandman of Seaside.”

Thank you….

Chris….

(“Bean and Pocket” can be purchased on Amazon)

*(”A” stands for Autism)

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