We made the 400 mile trek to Los Angeles recently to watch grandson Michael while his parent got away for a long weekend. On the trip home we saw an unusual vehicle up ahead.
What on Earth?
It looked more like a boat than a car.
Was it an amphibious vehicle?
It's hard to get good images on the freeway on a gray day.
The only way to get a shot of the front was in the rear view mirror.
When we got home I saw the word "Deco" and that looked like an "r" at the end. I searched "Decoliner" (how did we get by before google?).
Not an amphibious vehicle but a hand built motorhome. You can read about it here. I guess those who watch Leno already know about this but I am not a fan of late night or any other TV.
Our visit with Michael
No pictures of Michael this trip, it's hard to take a picture of someone who is holding your hand. We did have a nice visit. He is so unique that it gives me a lot to think about.
Communication is what this visit brings to mind and the different kind of intelligence. Michael is non-verbal and it is hard to know just how much language he understands, bath, eat, night night, this much I'm sure he knows.
There are ways to communicate other than with words. He understands that the TV only works if an adult holds the remote. If he wants to watch he brings someone the remote. He knows that the crack in the side of a car is where the door opens so he will work his fingers into that crack indicating he wants to go for a drive.
I brought out a simple puzzle, just three flat shapes that must be placed in a similar indentation. He did it a couple of times, indicating he knows how to do it. Then he began to put the square in the triangle or stack the pieces, his way of saying "I did it, I don't want to do it again". Just turning 12 he wants to be his own person.
He may be asserting his independence but he is still very cooperative. He knows his routine and helps as
much as he is able. He pushes his arms and legs into clothes to help in dressing and pulls them out when it is time to undress. He hands his leg braces and shoes in the proper order to whoever is putting them on. He even hands toothbrush and tooth paste when it is time to get his teeth brushed even though he doesn't care for the process. He has his limits, though, he loves his bath and goes limp when it is time to get out, no cooperation there. Like very young children he is fascinated by the texture of food and wants to put his hand in the dish.
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