The sparkle in his eyes

20 Jan

My little man’s face was a picture.
His big eyes were wide open.
I could see the delight in which he was living. He was in one of his favourite places’ he was on the 136 bus.

Yes that’s right my boy was enjoying a trip to the supermarket on the big bright red London bus. There is only one other place that I see that look on his face and that’s the train.
For a long time G has had a great interest with trains and buses. He loves to board the bus where he can then observe everything in great detail’ and then process it in his brain.
The doors and how they work is where his true love is. He often’ well always acts out the opening and closing motion that they make. He can do this for hours at a time. He likes to know where each and every train and bus is heading. He will then store the information and later repeat it over and over as he walks from side to side demonstrating the moving doors with his arms or even using household objects such as a pair of sunglasses or two pens.

Watch out. If you happen to be wearing a British rail uniform or any uniform that shows that you are employed by London transport. Because if you catch my son’s eye it is extremely possible that you are about to undergo a extensively long interview. This is near on impossible to avoid.

My little boys interest is nothing less or other then pure obsessive.
He can wear you down with his consistent chit chat regarding the Hayes train line or the 181 bus having just installed new green bars where these used to be yellow.
I would be lying if I said sometimes I don’t think “PLEASE GIVE IT A REST MATE” But when I see that sparkle in his eyes and that smile across his face I know in a instant this is what makes him happy. And if his happy mummys happy:)

4 Responses to “The sparkle in his eyes”

  1. Sharon June 11, 2009 at 6:41 am #

    Hey there, My husband and I read about this little boy with great empathy and enjoyment. Our son is 7 and can tell you every train on the Sydney metropolitan network. He has collected all the train timetables and plans trips every week. This love extends to buses and monorails and we have explored every nook and cranny of this great city via the sydney city rail network. He converts our home into a network rail system by creating posters with trainstops and placing them around the house. Trains have always been a great love but this year the obsession has blown us out of the water! He has not yet been formally assessed, we have just begun the process due to a number of other challenges that seem to be emerging. However imagine having a penfriend with which to share this pure transport obsession with…you never know, there should be a club for transport ‘aspies’!!

  2. Stephani February 8, 2009 at 8:27 pm #

    Hi, I just discovered your blog and I feel a connection. I have an 8 year old son with ADHD, SPD, and Aspergers! His latest obsession has been astronauts, outer space, and being the first man on Mars since we were at NASA in Houston last July. I agree with the other comments, it is very useful to help them learn something.

    We struggled to get my son to do math (even though it was his best area) because he had no interest. After this interest took over, we watched Apollo 11 together and he was amazed at all the math the astronauts had to do in their head to make it back home safely by fixing the ship. Anyway, since then, we just mention that, and he has had no problems with math since! It is now his favorite part of school, and his grade matches his ability on this one finally!

  3. rhemashope January 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm #

    It’s great that he can find something he enjoys so much (and express it). Like leechbabe said, it can be used to help him learn so much more.

  4. leechbabe January 22, 2009 at 2:00 am #

    🙂 Fantastic that he has a special interest because it can be utilised to help him learn about other things.

    I do agree that the non-stop talking gets a bit tiresome at times but then you see the happiness and that eases the pain 🙂

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