I originally started this blog a few years ago to chronicle Noah's daily struggles with autism. It was a dark time in my life - a time when I felt that things would never get better. It was a time when I felt that all my hopes and dreams for my son and for our family had died. In my efforts to help Noah recover from autism, I began a journey that inadvertently led me to rediscover myself. I learned how to laugh again. How to dream again. How to live again. How to love again.

Autism Schmaustism. He's still our son.

This is a blog celebrating our family. Our kids. Our life.

Friday, March 11, 2011

More Eli-ism (JOKES!)

Okay, so I know we're halfway through March and I'm posting a picture of Eli from Christmas. But it fully embodies Eli. He is so funny and so full of life... and, shhhh, I haven't taken pictures of the kids since then. I know. I know. Another strike against my Mommy Card.

Those strikes are adding up!

So, anyway, Eli has decided to become the class clown. On one level, I know it's a way of dealing with his academic issues. He is really struggling with school. Math is hard. Reading is hard. Writing is hard. But, dagnabit, he's pulling a 96 in Music! And Art! And P.E.!

That's good, right?

I wish school could be easier for him, but he has some real learning challenges. Which breaks my heart because he is SO smart! He knows everything about world events. He has the vocabulary of a high schooler. Oh, wait. Not THAT kind of vocabulary. Not the HS'ers who hang out on the bottom level and smoke, but more like the ones in the Honor Society.

Whew. Had to make that clear.

But because he has learning challenges, his self-esteem is very low. And he makes up for it by being funny.

BUT... I think he IS funny. Because Eli is older now, I won't go into all the things that he can't do... but trust me when I say that basic academic learning - simple math, simple spelling, even some simple self-care is still hard for him.

But good grief is that kid smart! His jokes make me laugh. He has play on words. Double Entendres. It's obvious that he is intelligent... he just has such a hard time with transitioning things to paper. If he could go through school with all his learning being spoken (no written tests or essays, etc) he would do so good. It's that transition from brain to paper that's hard.

Anyway, here are 5 jokes that Eli came up with this morning... in a span of about 5 minutes.

1. Why did the baby clock get lost? Because his mom didn't keep a WATCH on him!

2. What did Planet Earth say when Jupiter started squeezing him? Hey, give me some SPACE!

3. What did the Baby corn say to the Mamma corn? Where's POP Corn?

4. What did the brain say when it got stuck in the cloud? I'm BRAINSTORMING!

5. What did the sheep say when it lost its legs? Where are my LAMBS??!! (limbs)

Okay. How can we get this kid on Ellen?? =)