Welcome to raisingjedi! I hope you enjoy this tiny little corner of the galaxy…er… I mean internet. Let me tell you a little bit about us. Long ago, in a suburban neighborhood, I was a mild-mannered housewife, minding my own business when a wild and wonderful little boy named Colin came into our lives. I had an amazing life all planned out for us. There would be rice crispy treats! There would be arts and crafts! There would be camping trips and something called a “lazy Sunday.”
Well, as it turns out, my son wanted to be a Jedi and the Jedi craves not these things. As a small child, he wasn’t really a talker. He couldn’t hold a onto a crayon for our arts and crafts, and he was too picky for those rice crispy treats. It became clear that no Sunday would ever qualify as lazy. I guess that I should mention that my padawan, along with having a super high midichlorian count, was born with autism.
Hey! Don’t leave! This is not what you think. This is not a site where parents go to vent about the trials of raising a child with autism. There will be no complaints about the latest terrible IEP. There will be no heated discussions about causes or cures. Those sites are not hard to find and, in this mom’s opinion, there are enough of them.
So, if that is what raisingjedi isn’t, then what is it? Raisingjedi is a place where we celebrate everything that makes our kids awesome. It is about the light at the edge of the spectrum. It is about success, fun, and sometimes it is about laughing your Asperger off. Most of all, it is about connecting with your child.
For myself and my hubby, this is where the Star Wars part comes into play. Star Wars was Padawan Colin’s special interest and it turned out to be special for all of us. I will admit that I would tune him out when he would get to about hour 2 of his Star Wars talk, then I noticed something… Colin has always had a hard time with understanding the emotions of others and never really cared to explore them, but he started asking questions about certain characters. Before I knew it, we were having a dialogue about emotions and he was getting it. Special interest had gone from annoying to awesome really fast. I begun to encourage his special interest. Then something else amazing happened. Colin wrote a letter to George Lucas asking a question that only he would ask, and the lovely people from LucasFilm wrote back. Then things got viral… really viral. Next thing I know, we are everywhere from MTV to the New York Times. Colin got to visit LucasFilm, open up Intergalactic Con, and do the “Force Push,” on tv.
All of that happened because no one ever told him that a 7 year old could not change the universe. So, is autism hard? Of course is, but anything that gives us this much strength is not the enemy. As Master Yoda so eloquently points out…
“Remember, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware, anger, fear, aggression. The Dark Side are they. Once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny.”
So, if you would like to share your stories of joy and inspiration, send an inquiry to Peggy@RaisingJedi.com! As always, stay on the path of Light and may the Force be with you!