Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Big D little D what begins with D?
Donuts and a Duck Dog D-D-D.  
- Dr. Seuss

When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain


There was a time in the earliest portion of our Autism journey where the Little Man never requested anything. Never.  As we went through the Early Intervention process, I remember my wife saying that one of the things she wanted so badly was to be in a toy store and have the Little Man ask for a toy – just like his big brother.  It took a long time for us to get to that point.  [N.B. Given his current passionate requests, I think my wife has since come to reconsider that wish J].  But in the early days, simple requests were big, tears of joy inducing, deals. 

Did you ever hear a child say something wrong, and it was just too cute to correct?  Something that was just so endearing, you actually started using that wrong word?

As I mentioned before, our Little Man is a letter-aholic.  So, naturally we have books and books and books about letters.  One of our old favorites is Dr. Seuss’ An Amazing Alphabet Book.  Say it with me: “Big A Little A, what beings with A? Aunt Annie’s Alligator, A-A-A.”

So, one day early on I take the Little Man and his older brother out for the morning and do the Dad-is-my hero type of thing: Treats from Dunkin' Donuts!  Glazed for the Little Man, strawberry frosted for the slow eating eldest.  A few minutes later, after the glazed was devoured, I hear the Little Man whining in the back of the car.  "What's wrong," I asked, not really expecting a answer.

"Daddy, I want Pink Duck Dog, please."  He was eyeing up the circle of pink-frosted goodness being held by his brother.

Right out of Dr. Seuss.  It was so unexpected, so perfect, so beautiful.  I actually went back to get him one too.  To this day, we still call the strawberry frosted doughnut the Pink Duckdog!


  1. What a charming story. Yes, I know how wrong words can lead to new titles. I'll never forget my son's early attempts at saying pyjamas. He called them: jarmaraffes. Mixing pj's with giraffes.

  2. Aww, I love it!

    My Wee Man comes out with some great words sometimes too. At the moment, his favourite one is 'pepperponies' - as in pizza :)

  3. Awww, that is just too adorable and precious..glad you circled back and got him the pink Duckdog...blessings my friend.

  4. LOVE Seuss! I quote him too. Thanks for visiting my blog, Adventures in the Ballpark. You probably thought it was about baseball?! Sorry! Just adventures in the game of life. I have a grand nephew w/ autism, so have a heart for that struggle. God bless you and your wife. I'll pop back in here.

  5. I am drawn in by the frankness and sincerity of your writing. Loved this story.