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Friday, January 9, 2009

Classy Clown

Did it start way back when his little big said, “Into Mischief?” Is it a self-fulfilling prophecy? This was one of the first phrases Nat learned: “Mischief!” he would say with a devilish grin.

Then there was the time when he was learning to spell. He would say, “O-R-A-N-G-E spells ‘orange!'” and things like that. So one day, he was in a different aisle of the hardware store from Max and me. We could hear him spelling with a frenzy. Suddenly we heard: “P-F-G-A-W-V-I-X-S-O-N spells: BM!”

Then, recently there was the “ready, set, go!” that Nat did in gym a few weeks ago, where he tricked a classmate into going before the gym teacher said, “Go.”

And today: Nat had to put his shoes back on, after the nurse had checked his infected blister. Nat’s teacher bent down to tie the laces, asking, “Do you want me to tie your shoes? Can you tie them yourself?”

Nat answered, “No tie your shoes.”

Terese began to tie them for him, thinking he meant that he could not tie them. He then moved his foot away and tied his shoe himself.

Terese said, laughing, “Nat, you lied to me! You said you couldn’t tie your shoes!”

Nat just smiled that mischievous grin. And a Class Clown is born. Or always was.


I love Nat’s sense of humor! I think this is something that is commonly overlooked in our kids on the spectrum — that they can be impish, mischievous and even develop their own jokes! I see this in Max and his classmates too, and I love how much they appreciate it when you “get them”. Thank you for sharing this with us, Susan!
Be well!

— added by Anonymous on Saturday, January 10, 2009 at 12:25 pm

My son is very funny too and LOVES to aggravate!

— added by kristi on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 12:38 pm

One of our son’s favorite jokes is when mom is tucking him in to say, “Goodnight, Dad” and vice versa. We all still crack up over that one.

— added by Mike on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 2:08 pm