Alone In The Universe, My Interpretation


In response to this weeks Discover Challenge

Hey blog world! My first audition was for Etcetera Production’s production of “Seussical The Musical”, a musical about Dr. Seuss characters, focusing mainly on “Horton Hears A Who” but there are elements from several other stories thrown in here and there (Cat in the Hat narrates, there’s reference to Truffula Trees (the Lorax), Solla Solew etc). I didn’t get a part but went to see the show. I fell in love with “Alone In The Universe”, a duet by Horton and Jojo. It was a beautiful song. Years later I listened to the words a bit more carefully and discovered a new meaning to the song, one that really tugs at my heartstrings. To me, this song reflects the thoughts and feelings of a person with Autism. Have a look at the lyrics.

I’ve been guarding this clover
For over a week, getting laughed at
For thinking a dust speck can speak

Well, let them all laugh
I’ll try not to mind
For I have found something
That they’ll never find

There are secrets on a leaf
In the water, in the air
Hidden planets, tiny worlds, all invisible

Not a person seems to know
Not a person seems to care
There is no one who believes a thing I say

Well, I’m fairly certain
At one time or other
Great thinkers all feel this way

I’m alone in the universe
So alone in the universe
I’ve found magic but they don’t see it

They all call me a lunatic
Okay, call me a lunatic
If I stand on my own, so be it

‘Cause I have wings
Yes, I can fly around the moon
And far beyond the sky
And one day soon I know there you’ll be

One small voice in the universe
One true friend in the universe
Who believes in me

I’m alone in the universe
So alone in the universe
My own planets and stars are glowing
Alone in the universe

No one notices anything
Not one person is listening
They don’t have any way of knowing

Nobody knows that
I have wings, I have wings
And I can fly, I can fly
Around the moon and far beyond the sky

Well, someday soon you will hear my plea
One small voice in the universe
One true friend in the universe
Please believe in me

Hello, hello?
Hello?
Who’s there?
It’s me, Jojo, the Mayor’s son
I’m Horton, the Elephant

Are you real or are you a very large think?
Oh, I’m real, alright, I would state that in ink
In my thinks, I imagine a lot of strange things
And I go to strange places, as if I had wings
I love a good think

Well, for me that goes double
Sometimes my thinks are what get me in trouble
When you think, do you dream?
In bright colors

Me too and I go to strange places
Like Solla Sollew
When you think, do you think you can fly to the stars?
Ah, little friend, no one else could have thinks such as ours

Yes, I have wings, I have wings
And I can fly, I can fly
Around the moon
And far beyond the sky

You called my name and you set me free
One small voice in the universe
One true friend in the universe
Who believes in me

Like Horton, we feel like we are alone in the universe. It’s a strange place full of strange people and things we don’t understand and who don’t understand us. Individuals with Autism have found magic that neurotypicals don’t see. We have a different perception of the world around us. We get called lunatics and a myriad of other awful names just because we’re different! We stand on our own a lot of the time. We are capable of many amazing things if people would just bother to notice! “I have wings and I can fly around the moon and far beyond the sky!” Also like Horton, the one thing that we want in the universe is one true friend who believes in us. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so.

“My own planets and stars are glowing”, another allusion to being in a world of our own. “No one notices anything, not one person is listening”, like Jojo, we are upset that no one pays attention to or listens to us! We have things to show you and things to say! You’ll be amazed if you take the time to pay attention!

The way they think, in bright colors, is the way that some people with Autism think as well. Some of us think in pictures! Instead of just thinking about something we picture it in our minds. Also, our thinks can get us into a bit of trouble sometimes too. We’re very honest and sometimes don’t keep our thinks to ourselves. We say what we think without thinking about the consequences that it could bring. Also, like Horton and Jojo think of flying to the stars we have big dreams too! With hard work, I know we can accomplish them!

When we find that one true friend in the universe who believes in us and accepts us for who we are, our lives are changed for the better and with their help, we open up and flourish! As Horton says “You called my name and you set me free!” For me, that person is Peter Halley. He has made such a huge impact on my life! He’s such a kind, compassionate person. Whenever I need a hug, some advice, cheering up or just to talk, he’s always there.

It’s my hope that someday soon, no Autistic person will feel like they are alone in the universe. Get to know us and you’ll see just how amazing we really are! Better yet, become our friend! You’ll be very glad you did.

Leah

 

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Please and Thank You: A Social Experiment, Day Two


Hey blog world! Just to quickly recap, I’m doing a social experiment all weekend. I’m taking note of how many times I say please and thank you to others and how many times it’s said to me. These are my results from yesterday. To view my results from Friday, click here

Yesterday morning, I woke up and took out my iPod to see how my Springfield is getting on (Simpson’s Tapped Out is my favorite app!) and I noticed that there was something new on my home screen. My niece had downloaded Musical.ly, a music video making app that she’s obsessed with. I went to her room and talked to her about this. I said “Please don’t download apps onto my iPod without my permission.” She apologized and all was well again.

Later that day, I went to my voice lesson. Before Christmas, I left a Christmas card with my teacher to give to my friend who is also one of his students. He usually has a lesson right after me, but I hadn’t seen him in a long time! Yesterday, he came for his lesson and my teacher gave him the card. I was in the kitchen (my teacher teaches from home) going over what we’d done that day and he called out thank you. I said you’re welcome. I was glad he finally got his card! 

When I got home, I tidied my room and the living room and set some snacks out on the coffee table. My friend Kristen was coming over to play board games!

She gave me a call as she was about to leave and she said that her and her mom were going to stop into Tim Horton’s on the way to pick up some Timbits and asked if me, my niece or my parents wanted anything to drink. That was so nice! I asked for a candy cane hot chocolate and made sure to say thank you very much to her and her mom when they arrived.

Our first game of the evening was Adventure Time Monopoly. Whenever Kristen landed on my property, I almost always politely said please when I asked for the money I was owed and thank you when I received it.

We had pizza for supper! I love putting Parmesan cheese on mine! Kristen does too. She asked me to pass it to her and said thank you when I did.

Again today, I noticed that I said please and thank you more than I heard it. I wonder what today will bring? Come back tonight to find out!

Leah

Please and Thank You: A Social Experiment, Day 1


Hey blog world! One of my courses in my second semester of Early Childhood Education at CONA is Human Relations/Communications. Today in class, the teacher gave us a social experiment to try. Take note of how many times over the weekend someone says please and/or thank you to you and how many times you say it to people. I was very interested to see what would happen. These are my results from today.

I can’t remember what it was for exactly, but my creative experiences teacher thanked us for something at the end of class today.

After school, I took the bus to the mall to go to a movie with my friend. Upon entering the bus, I set my things down on my seat, got my fare from my wallet and handed it to the driver. He responded with a disgruntled “Yeah… go ahead.” I smiled at him and said “May I please have a transfer?” He printed it out and gave it to me without a word. He must have been having a long day. Poor guy.

My friend and I soon arrived at the mall. We walked to the theater and got into the snack line. When it was my turn to go up, I said to the cashier, “May I please have a regular popcorn and a Nestea?” When it was time to pay, I noticed the screen in front of me showing what I bought and my total owed also mentioned the cashier’s name. I gave the man my money and he gave me my food. I smiled and said “Thank you Cody.” and he smiled back.

The next person I saw was the ticket attendant. I gave him my ticket, he ripped off the stub and handed the ticket back to me, along with my 3D glasses. I said “Thank you very much!” and a smile came across the man’s face and he said “You’re welcome! Enjoy your movie and have a great afternoon!” He didn’t seem too happy when I first walked up to him, then my thank you changed him completely! It made me happy to see that. I was glad I brightened his day a little.

When I got home, I wanted to finish a painting I’d been working on. I took it down from the shelf where I laid it to dry, got my gold paint and then went looking for my palette. I usually leave it on the back of my easel, but to make room for our Christmas presents, the easel got taken apart and moved into the porch. I looked around it and couldn’t find it. I looked in a few other places and still couldn’t find the palette. I asked mom if she knew where it was. She didn’t. I thanked her anyway. I went into the kitchen and took a paper towel to put my paint on. While there, I noticed mom was baking pies. Her lemon meringue pie looked nice, so I told her “That looks pretty!” she gave a little laugh and said “You don’t even like lemon meringue!” I said “That’s true, but even so, I think it looks nice.” she laughed again. I was a little surprised my attempt at a compliment wasn’t thanked.

Later, I needed to use the golden sharpie to write something on my painting. Mom told me it was in her room. I went in to look for the Sharpie and while there, I also found a Mars bar! I asked mom who owned it and she said I could have it if I wanted it! That was nice of her so I said thank you.

Soon after this, dad called and said he’d pick up supper for me and my niece. That was very nice of him so I said “Thank you very much”. I said it again when he called back a few minutes ago asking what I wanted from McDonald’s.

At the table, as I enjoyed my Bacon McDouble, fries and blueberry pomegranate smoothie, I told my niece about this experiment. She said “Here, I’ll help! Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please.” 11 year old’s, cute little things aren’t they? I laughed and said “Good try, and I appreciate your trying to help, but my teacher meant sincere pleases and thank you’s.” She said “Come on! That’s got to count for something! Include me in this experiment, please?!” She managed to find a loophole with that one, so now she is a part of my notes! She then thanked me for that. Two for two Sam, good job.

I was honestly surprised that I only heard two thank yous today and no pleases. I said both so many times to so many people, and seldom heard it said to me! I will admit, there were one or two instances today when I could and should have said please and thank you, but didn’t.  Please and thank you can go a long way as I experienced today. Try your best to use them as often as you can!

I’m very curious to see what the rest of the weekend will bring! Come back tomorrow night and Sunday night to see my results!

Leah