Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs
This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 15, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 18, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
The Middle School Mind of Gadgetry, Gore, Girls and YouTube
"Oh Barnacles!" or "I'm ready, I'm ready!" Interjections he learned from his favorite Nickelodeon Sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea.
He now says things like,
"Suup?" or "Later"
Yes, Weston's middle school mind is filled with strange new things like gadgetry, gore, pretty girls and YouTube.
But these days, Hot Wheels are out, and electronics are in! Ipods, gameboys and cellular phones are the new form of gadgetry that occupies the hands of my maturing young son. With headphones jammed into his ears, his fingers are a blur as they fly nimbly over touch pads and scroll wheels. Born with a sixth sense for gaming controls, Weston can operate a next-generation electronic device with both eyes closed and one hand tied behind his back.
His attention is rarely interrupted from these mini man-made marvels unless of course a high school girl happens to walk past him. And then it's,
His old collections of Toy Story DVDs? Replaced now with gory episodes of 'The Thing" or "Aliens".
Who is this child? I think to myself as I long for the passive days of preschool and play dough.
But nothing occupies the middle school mind more than the magical allure of YouTube. This addictive website is like a preteen version of crack cocaine and can entertain my son for hours as he searches for titles he learned from fellow classmates. He will sit uncharacteristically for hours watching movies, music and funny videos.
Here is the latest middle school YouTube craze:
These days I am learning a lot about what goes on inside the mind of a preteen boy.
I must admit, I still don't understand?