Little 'B', as we'll call him, is this really cool little kid that burns around our neighbourhood on his little training wheel defying bike. He's that great little kid that weaves in and out of the neighbour's yards greeting everyone he sees. He is independent and he fears nothing. He's a rebel and I like him, a lot.
Kate has noticed him, too.
Kate loves everyone she meets. Autism manifests this way in Kate. She does not distinguish between people outside of her family. This is good and bad. She will greet and hug and 'chat' with anyone who will spend a moment with her. She will hug and kiss and follow (we are working on this) any soul she sees.
Little 'B' is different. Kate watches him.
Could Kate have her first crush?
Kate stands back a little when 'B' comes into our yard. She jibber jabbers happily at him. He doesn't mind. He is that awesome kid that doesn't look at her funny. He doesn't drive away on his bike. He doesn't even look to me for help. He talks to her. He guesses what she might be saying and he answers.
Kate's jibber jabber is extremely difficult to understand when she is excited. When she sees 'B' skid through a mud puddle on his bike, she is over the moon. She flaps and jumps and talks away at 'B'.
Kate: (jibber jabber…..spwash (splash)….babble….)
'B' (to Kate): I can jump father than that, wanna see?
Kate: (babble…I see, I see….jibber jabber)
'B': Ok, watch this.
It is very possible that Kate is exciting about the trick jumps this little daredevil does on his bike. However, I like to think she has developed her first crush.
When 'B' left our yard yesterday, Kate called out, clear as a bell: "Bye 'B'. Wuv ew. See ew Tamarro."
I think it's love. Kate's kind of love. The 'you can do no wrong in my eyes' kind.
'B' just hit the jackpot and he doesn't even know it.
Happy Mail to:
27 Wellington Row
Saint John, NB
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Grace and Kate's mom. (Shanell)