In many respects I’m very lucky and have a lot to be grateful for, but my youngest son has autism, which does make life somewhat difficult sometimes.
Christmas is one of those “sometimes”.
Jodi is now 22 years old, but still loves videos,especially those really old childrens videos he’s grown up and become so familiar with.
When I say videos, I really mean “videos” – those bulky black oblong things that are fast becoming obsolete, and which people are practically giving away at car boot sales and charity shops.
It wasn’t always so.
When he was younger, and didn’t understand there was more than one copy in the world, he wanted to buy every video he already had, thinking, I suspect, his copy had been taken from home.
He also wanted to buy every other video shown in the trailers of the film, or displayed inside the video covers.
It cost us a small fortune, and we now have over 2000!
Yes, you did read that correctly.
The thing is Jodi doesn’t speak, other than a few odd words, BUT he can recite every word from every video in the right accent and even mimes the actions and includes the sound effects.
I remember the other year when he was at college he sang The Bare Necessities from Jungle Book on stage, and afterwards loads of people came up to me and said they had no idea he could speak, yet alone sing.
Jodi has typed out a list of videos. Most of them he’s been able to get, but not all.
My son loves Christmas, but never asks me for anything, which means I never know what to buy him. He knows he gets presents though, and every day since about July, he has been dragging me to the calendar, and lately it’s been twice a day.
He points to three dates in December and says -
“Christmas Day – presents – good boy”
Then he will thrust the piece of paper on which he’s typed out his video list infront of my face and point to those left. He’s even cut out the image of the most important one he wants on Christmas Day, because he’s been a “good boy”.
The thing is I can’t get it…
I’ve tried every charity shop and car boot sale I can find; e-bay and amazon can’t help either, so I’m desperately trying this internet “thing”.
I’ve heard/read somewhere we are all just 6 clicks away from any information we need because of the viral component of the internet.
Apparently, if you want to know/find something and put the word out, a friend, of a friend, of a friend, of a friend, of a friend, of a friend, will have the information you seek.
So, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, if you recognise this picture, will you kindly see if you, or your contacts have this very old Teddy Trucks One Hour Special video collecting dust somewhere in your attic, garage or wherever. and then consider selling it to me, because honestly that’s all my son wants for Christmas.
Getting it for him will make two people VERY happy indeed – my autistic son and his “desperate” mother, plus…
… it will prove this internet “thing” really does work!
P.S. If you have the video please just leave me a comment or message me on Facebook and I’ll contact you.