Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, 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.




Friday, May 18, 2012

Juggernauts and Clueless Mothers

I  am trying to understand the complex world of boys. Weston is now 13 and I must admit I am still in the dark.

Spring has finally arrived in New England and the weather has started to warm up with temperatures this weekend expected to be in the low 80's.

And yet, as he prepared for bed last night, my unconventional, young son decided to dress like this ...


"Weston, why on earth are you dressed like that?" I asked. "It's springtime, not winter. I hope you're not going to sleep in that?"

"I'm a Juggernaut, Mom." he replied matter-of-factly. "I need my protection."

"What's a Juggernaut?" I asked, cringing at the thought of what I was about to hear.

"Hhhhhmmmppp," he replied impatiently, as if I had just won the award for "Most Clueless Mother in the World"!

He sprang over to his desk in the family room, and pulled out a messy collection of papers and drawings. He sorted through his graphic, hand-drawn renderings of tanks, army soldiers and red Lamborghini's and showed me this......


For those of you as clueless as I, this is a Juggernaut. It is one of a variety of characters in the latest boy's video game craze.

A Juggernaut is a literal or metaphorical force regarded as mercilessly destructive and unstoppable.

I guess I should not be surprised that my active young son can relate to this type of energy.

There does seem to be a resemblance.

Now, if I can only figure out why on earth he takes this to bed?