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Two Boys on a Curb

Updated on January 8, 2014
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Just a Conversation

If Legend were here, he would have won this dog competition hands down.

Yeah.

No doubt about it.

I taught him a new trick.

Oh, what's that, cuz?

How to remove ear wax.

What?!

Yeah, you should let him try it on you.

Don't be ridiculous! Have you seen what else he licks with his tongue?

Doesn't bother me. I'm just a little kid. I don't know any better.

Yeah...whatever.

Hey, cuz?

Hmm?

You gonna eat that banana, or you just gonna keep playing with it?

Don't even think about it, Kimo! You already had a whole thing of coconut yogurt.

Yeah, but I'm a growing boy. I need that poccahontas more than you do.

It's POTASSIUM, silly! And this is MY banana!

Hey, I don't see YOUR name on it!

Quit dreamin', cuz! You might get a headache!

Keala, what's a headache?

That's kinda like what you are to me right now.

Like being cousins?

Yeah, that's the ticket!

I can't wait to grow up.

Well, give it a year...you'll be twice as old as you are now!

Man! A whole year? That's a long time I have to wait!

Yeah...crying shame, ain't it?

Keala, are you all grown up?

Ha-ha! That's funny! No, I'm just a kid. I'm bigger than you, but I'm still a kid.

But you twice as...no, four times...no, 16 million times bigger than me.

Uh-huh. So you don't want to forget that.

When I'm a big boy, I already know what I'm gonna do.

Yeah? What's that, Kimo?

I'm gonna drive bus all the way from Hanalei to Kokee!

Oh, like Uncle Glenn?

Yeah, and the haole tourists will give me big tips because I'm so funny, and I keep them laughing the whole trip. 'Cause I am a ham, I am!

Yep, that you are, Kimo, that you are!

And you, Keala? What you gonna do?

I don't know, Kimo! Haven't given it much thought.

Well...maybe a banana farmer. And you'll have so many bananas! Like one million hundred bananas! That way, when your cousin asks you for a banana, you won't be so stingy!

Whatever...

Keala, when is your mommy going to pick us up? Keala...Keala? KEALA!!!

Wh-what? Why are you yelling all of a sudden?

Because you didn't answer me, and I was calling you ten times!

Actually, cuz, you used my name once at the beginning of a sentence. You then repeated it in different intonations and at different decibels three more times.

You're doing it again.

Doing what, Kimo?

Talking over my face!

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Soliloquy

What you meant to say, Kimo, was that I'm talking over your head.

Actually, I'm doing more than that.

I'm talking for both of us. And the talking is in my head.

Not your fault. Not mine, either.

It is what it is. Plain and simple.

In five years, you'll be the age that I am now. With one major difference.

You'll be considered a normal kid.

I'll be 11. And I'll be as normal as I'll ever be. Whatever that means.

But some will still think I'm a bit odd.

Because I like to dribble the ball for hours.

Because I can remember the make and model of every car that's passed us in either direction for the last half hour. Hmm, let's see, that'd be exactly 114 cars, including the three motorcycles driven by fat men with black leather vests, one of whom also wore a set of chaps. Good luck with that in the Hawaiian heat!

I also, while creating imaginary dialogue between the two of us, memorized the license plates of every shade of blue vehicle that went by. The one that intrigued me the most and distracted me for 23 seconds was the one driven by a high school girl with flaming red hair. You don't see hair that color too often on this island. So it was worth observing. She also wore heavy makeup, perhaps to hide the freckles she really doesn't have to feel embarrassed about.

When you "asked" me for the banana, I was musing about whether or not our island agricultural leaders will give that crop up, too, just as they did with sugar cane and pineapples. I didn't want to give you my banana just then. But not for the reasons I assigned to you in my creative scenario.

People get frustrated with me because I trip off a lot. They don't understand that I'm thinking in ways that transcend their way of thinking. God gave me a reasonably intelligent brain, and I just happen to like using 85-95% of its capacity at any given moment. Beyond that, my head hurts. You repeating my name constantly, even if it's in my own imagination, ironically bolsters my concentration as I try to connect the dots and comprehend the patterns I figuratively see in my every waking moment...

...and even as I sleep.

Years from now, I will not be content to ever work for another human being. My mind races beyond the tediousness of work. I will always need challenges that don't always accompany an 8-hour shift.

As narcissistic as it sounds, I need to take on the world. I need work that will challenge me to never be content with mediocrity. I need tasks that fill my powers of concentration.

Because I want, just as any of my less challenged peers would ever want, to make a difference for the better.

Patterns and numbers simultaneously delight me with their complexity yet frazzle me with the resulting addiction to obsession.

I will need to work in solitude to be at my best. I'm only six years old, but, hopefully, when I'm older, that special work will be available.

This is what I envision...

At some point in the future, someone from a foreign country...or at least someone whose ancestral roots influence him to awaken from the hypnotic trance induced by our country's educational system...will create a global marketplace of auctions and set prices. It'll be given a clever name, perhaps combining a reference to electronic technology with a symbolic dream reference to entire populations...a symbol like water, for example. I haven't sorted it all out, but a foreigner will. Why? Because the only movers and shakers who still believe in the American Dream are, ironically, those who come late to the patriotic party...those who have not yet been jaded by having been born into top dog status...those who have had to always work that much harder and thus have had the greater incentive to work smarter.

In short, those who revel in thinking outside the box.

Me? I'm too busy counting how many grains of sand are in one square inch, multiplying the square by one more factor to gain the cubic reading, and interpolating to a reasonable degree of accuracy the number of grains of sand in the sandbox.

All this while the kindergarten teacher takes mental notes of what to scare my parents with at the next PTA meeting.

It is what it is.

There are countless volumes written by the scientists about children with autism.

The trouble is...they haven't seen the book I'm writing.

They really need to.

Because, seriously, folks, they're getting it all wrong.

Epilogue

Yes, maybe that's what's wrong with our world. Too many scientists spending too much money in too many needless experiments analyzing too many people who'd rather be left alone to dribble a basketball, find patterns in night's heavenly palette of stars, or grasp concepts the scientists haven't the foggiest notion about.

Who among us ever has a right to label another?

Think about that for a moment...

And when that moment's gone, take another one for good measure.

Chances are, you'll spend more time pointing fingers at someone or something else than reflecting upon the point of this message.

The most significant look of all is the one we make deep within ourselves. If we can make an honest assessment of what we discover in that mystic void, we'd be less likely to call anyone odd.

© 2013 Hawaiian Odysseus

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Our son had similar congestion challenges and was always catching colds as a young boy.. When his tonsils were removed after consulting with a specialist, things were much, much better. Sometimes social scientists can't see the forest for the trees. I'm thankful that the new speech teacher had some down to earth sense. Aloha, Brandi!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    Joe, I have more to add now. I just had a meeting at the school. My son has been through vigorous medical stuff the past couple of years. Last year the speech therapist noticed he was congested all the time. The doctor said he had allergies and prescribed pills and nasal spray. They never made a difference. Yesterday the new speech teacher at school suggested we take him to an ENT dr.

    My point is, during all of the vigorous medical stuff and all the professionals, no one recommended something as simple as see an ENT...

    It takes a lot of patience and a lot of different points of view to help raise a child with Autism.

    Thank you so much for your kind words friend.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 3 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Brandi!

    My oh my, what a lovely account...and yes, God blessed your son with the perfect mother. We certainly don't know enough about autism, but I daresay loving family members surely know a great deal more than the so-called professionals do. Not all things are measured by the scientific process...sometimes, the assessment of a mother's heart bears much more credible and positive prognosis.

    I'm honored that you shared all of this with me, Brandi. Thank you so very much. My prayers are with you and your family. You are never alone.

    Aloha, and have a memorable Wednesday! Hug that beautiful son of yours!

    ~Joe

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    I found it Joe! Although, I'm not sure HP gives us enough room here to comment with everything I'd like to say! LOL

    I have written a couple of things about it, but vaguely like friendly places to go where I live. I haven't really written my son's full story here.

    I think I've been the perfect mother for my son. It took a lot of understanding and patience which people in my family lacked. For example, at a 4th of July picnic one year when my son was two.....very intelligent but had trouble communicating with words....my cousins' kids shunned him. Then an aunt told me she found his behavior offensive. I stopped hanging out with family at that point for that reason. How rude right?

    Then he wasn't accepted to public school because they had a lottery to get in. So I enrolled him in private school where I was "confronted" because they misunderstood his speech issue. A relative happened to be the teacher and used my son as the pawn to get free college courses on the school's expense saying that she needed to learn how to interact with my son. She made an example out of him. I was more than displeased. I was going to un-enroll him but the director started threatening me, so I paid my last month's tuition, and then homeschooled him after that school year. From then, we had several speech evals. He was diagnosed with phonological disorder. He had to see a speech therapist 2x a week.

    To make a long story short, after speech, he began having aggressive outbursts, he starting hearing strange voices and seeing people that weren't really there. After two hospitalizations and 9 weeks through an outpatient center for children with behavioral issues, we finally got a diagnosis of Autism, ADHD, Mood Disorder, and Proprioception.

    We enrolled him in occupational therapy, saw a Psychiatrist 2x a month, and a therapist weekly at first.

    Insurance doesn't pay for everything, so we are virtually bankrupt.

    But the outcome is good. This year was the first year he could be mainstreamed. I took all of that medical information to the board of ed two years ago and got him the best placement in public school.

    I have heard that we're very fortunate. Many families can't go through all of this or don't know where to start. I've noticed other children after school who are as severe as my son used to be before his medications, strict structure at school and home, and positive interventions.

    He just finished another 10 weeks of occupational therapy because they discovered he had a limp to his walk from flat feet.

    He now sees his therapist once a month and his psychiatrist every 2 months for medicine eval.

    Without medicine, he would suffer from delusional voices and visions. The medications have also curbed his aggression.

    He is such a loving and charming boy. Extremely smart! He does algebraic equations and is now studying the weather. He knows more about weather than I've ever heard in my entire life. He is in elementary school too! :D

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @DDE

    Yes, it was an experimental departure from my usual fare, but I did manage to keep it based on a true story. I have a special affinity for special children, and I also do not like how the scientists label people without utilizing empathy as a means of finding a different, more compassionate, and meaningful perspective. Thanks for reading and commenting on this one. Aloha, my friend!

    Joe

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Truly amazing and I was just browsing through your Hubs when I cam across this one such a talented writer, by the curb looks such a picture, and you write this so well

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Hi, Heather! I apologize for my tardiness in retrieving your kind and heartfelt comments from my inbox, but today being the first of the month meant that I was out "doing the research" for my monthly update hub about my walking program. More about that project tomorrow morning...

    You're absolutely spot-on about the potential of unlocking the treasures within. In my informal and limited observations of the intellectual giants who have been the movers and shakers in mankind's history, I see a common thread--a kind of quirkiness about them (someday, we'll have a much better synonym to use instead of the q word)--that may very well mask their profound mental quantum leaping. If I bring anything to the HP fellowship potluck, it's the notion that we writers have a collective responsibility to challenge mankind's misconception about people on the social fringe. That's why I have such a passion for my eBay work. It simply gives me the freedom to emulate what God does for a living--salvation, restoration, and reintegration. : ) Thanks for stopping by, Heather, and participating in the experience!

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    Heather May 4 years ago from Ohio

    I love this hub!! It is amazing the misconceptions people have about autism. These children are loveable inside and out and usually very intelligent. They are simply "trapped" in one way or another. Autism has many shapes and forms and I imagine goes undetected in many children. You are so right about this disorder and I am sure that you believe as I do - one day, we will figure out how to "unlock" the treasures that these minds hold...and then we may be the ones who are left to "catch up". Beautiful piece!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @kashmir56

    Hi, Tom! I'm always blessed to hear from you. Hope all is well with you, and that spring is at least playing peek-a-boo in your area of the country. Thanks for stopping by to check this hub out and leaving your kind comments. Yes, this one was extra special to me as I began writing it, and then somewhere in the middle, it totally seemed to take off on its own...I kid you not! I'm always praying that I can be a blessing to others because for most of my life, I really was a burden to my loved ones and a thorn in the side for others. Somewhere in my forties was when I started doing a lot of soul searching. While empathy didn't come easy for me, it was something I believed I had deep down inside of me...but I had to get rid of a lot of the crap that had become like overgrowth. Anyway, as I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I have more clarity in my life, and the pieces of the puzzle start coming together. The aura in the room when I wrote this piece was nourishment for such a moment of clarity, and things just came together. I'm honored that you think so, too, and that you shared this. Aloha from SE Washington! Joe

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    Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    Awesome article that is interesting, imaginative and cleverly written . Should be hub of the day . Well done !

    Vote up and more !!! Sharing !

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @pagesvoice

    Yes, exactly, Dennis! I'm always amazed at what I discover when I dare to peel back the onion layers of every individual I meet...or, vice versa, what depth of connection I can make with another when I allow myself to be vulnerable. In the instant case, I love this young relative of mine so much that I wanted to do my best to give voice to what might be inside. And in so doing, a marvelous thing happened. I became him. No, it wasn't pretending to be him. What I mean is that I was instantly back into my own skin as a young boy, full of daydreams and wonder. And it dawned on me...the scientists have it all wrong. They only see what is on the outside. They've forgotten, after hours of forensics, statistics, natural sciences, deductions and inductions, and walking lock step to a hallowed college professor's expectations, what it was like for them as children...with minds free to roam on all kinds of possibilities. I was in the midst of a stressful six hubs in one day in order to meet Karen Hellier's Ten Hubs in Ten Days Challenge when this hub came into existence...and I knew, I just knew, that this would be that special one. Thank you so much for sharing in this experience, Dennis! Aloha from SE Washington! Joe

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    Dennis L. Page 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

    Voted up and +++. The fishing line was tied. The hook carefully was secured with bait as you cast out your line waiting to catch your readers and reel us in. Well, I took the bait and was hooked on a story that touched upon autism. Your approach, my friend, was intriguing, as I read every word of your story almost in an hypnotic state.

    When we were kids...back in the Dark Ages...we never heard of Autism. I often wonder how much is caused by genetically engineered food/exposure to chemicals?

    We all need to be more accepting of others who grace this planet. My brother-in-law, who just happened to be my Best Man when I got married, had Down Syndrome. I learned so much from him and was amazed at his uncanny ability to name games shows and their hosts dating back to the 1960s. My wife and I would look at each other and shake our heads in amazement.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Good morning/evening, Vacation Trip!

    Wow! You are my first female commentator from India. Thank you so much for dropping by to participate in this hub experience. I am not a social activist by any stretch of the imagination, but I will champion a cause for people not labeling each other. Every single soul has a unique story to tell, and as an aspiring writer, I want to do my part to represent the best of humanity. Blessings and aloha from the Pacific Northwest!

    Joe

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @torrilynn

    Your vote of support on this one really means a lot to me. It was one of those strange things...I'm stressed and rushing to write 6 hubs by the midnight deadline of Karen Hellier's challenge...and why? Because I'm such a habitual procrastinator...anyway, I started off intending to make a very lighthearted hub when, all of a sudden, the thing literally took on a life of its own. I'm definitely not into automatic writing or anything like that...but it was like a sudden flash of insight...so I just went with it, and the piece wrote itself. I'd never experienced anything like that before. Hopefully, whatever muse I got in touch with sticks around to help me in future hubs. : ) Thanks for dropping by--I really appreciate it!

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    Susan 4 years ago from India

    Cute.. A very well written hub.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    Really nice hub.I find it interesting but yet shockingly good. I really appreciate the detail and the amount of work that you put into it. You are very creative. Voted up.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ytsenoh

    Thank you for sharing in this experience. I'm thankful for your daughter's commitment to a work she truly believes in. My daughter just finished a six-month student missionary trip to Cambodia. One of the things I told her before she left to go on this incredibly challenging journey was to be sure to learn each child's story. I know my daughter took that fatherly advice to heart, and I am blessed to continue learning HER story. My perception is that you are blessed that way as well, a loving and devoted mother discovering new chapters in your daughter's story as she in turn discovers the tales of the children she mentors. I'm honored that you stopped by. Blessings and aloha from the Pacific Northwest!

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    Cathy 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

    Very thought provoking. My daughter mastered in special education and works with first grade children of autism. She is gifted and understands they are children. We don't like labels either. Keep writing in your extraordinary fashion.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @bdegiulio

    Thank you, Bill. This one was very close to home. A relative of mine in Hawai'i, a gallant little boy whom our family dearly loves and are constantly blessed by, is making huge leaps of progress in his daily acclimating to a "normal" lifestyle. Honestly, I started the hub headed in an entirely different direction, but just as the Holy Spirit leads in your life (and I comfortably say that because your blessings are generously shared in the hubs you write, Bill), that heavenly GPS took over, and before I knew it, the piece had written itself. If it now can become a blessing for others, I am one happy dude! Thank you for making that possible by sharing it. (Behind the scenes true story--Karen Hellier issued the challenge to write ten hubs in ten days...tonight at midnight is the deadline...I have 4 more to write! So maybe I'm back at UW during final exams week...the pressure makes me turn it up a notch! LOL!)

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    Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    This is wonderful. How on earth did you come up with this? You are one creative guy. A great job melding a serious topic into a very humorous piece. I love the dog licking the ear wax :). Voting up and sharing, everyone should read this one.

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    Yes, there is a dear little boy that my wife, adult children, and I love so very, very much...and every time I see him, I am fascinated with the beautiful progress he's made. On another level, I wanted to make the point that our society labels people obsessively when we ought to be focused more on acceptance of each other. Only the person under the microscope can tell the core story. : ) Thank you for stopping by. I am scurrying to get 5 more done. Don't know if I'll make it, but I will try!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @xstatic

    Thank you, Jim. For the sake of the story, I am so grateful and honored that you are sharing it. No one knows but the person being labeled what it's like...I can attempt as best I can to profile the person, but I would be as off the mark as the scientists obsessed with labeling. Truth is, only God knows what it's like. It's the core story I'm interested in, and no one tells it better than the child himself. As you may have guessed, my family and I know this very special child that we love so very, very much, and he has always been a blessing to us. He's quite an athlete already as well as being super brilliant. Thank you, my friend, for stopping by!

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    Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

    @ignugent

    Thank you for stopping by. That was part of the point--to present the picture that autistic children, from the outside, are cute and lovable. It's when scientists try to analyze them that sometimes they miss the point...because no one but God knows the special world they live in. Thanks for participating, ignugent17!

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    wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

    Awe, wonderful. A hub to make a person think!

    You found your Ebay.

    I am still trying to get the grip on the word autism. Somebody is not writing it right? You know someone with autism?

    Like I said, a hub to make a person think.

    I like it.

    Great job, Hawaii.

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    Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

    WOW! This is so imagainative! It is an incredible dialog with a very serious point. I would like to see it considered as Hub of the Day even.

    I am not kidding, this one is ingenious. Will share too.

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    ignugent17 4 years ago

    Very funny! I enjoy looking at the dog and the little.

    They look so cute. :-)

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