Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Conversations: Ding dong, the bells are ringing!

This week I have a few conversations to share with readers. Here is my first installment:

Well, maybe I should write belles instead because the ding dongs that I most recently heard were from a bevy of second or third grade girls on a school playground. It was morning and I was in the process of dropping my two boys off when I heard this conversation:

"Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Ding Dong," the chorus chimed while all the "bells rocked" backed and forth.

"What are you guys doing!" a boy asked them.

"Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Ding Dong!"

"You guys are weird!" he exclaimed.

"Uh, we know that already," one of the girls told him.

(pause)

"Ding Dong! Ding Dong! Ding Dong!"

And the chorus chimed on. I think the young onlooker stuck around, but I am uncertain as I was pretty busy keeping an eye on my two guys.

Note: My guy with a mild form of autism is also known to chime from time to time. The difference between him and that group of belles is that I know that he is getting overstimulated when he starts ding donging. I once left a play date early with him and his brother in tow when he started to chime because I knew that things might go beyond my control and into the realm of a meltdown if we did not leave as soon as possible.

I explained quickly and the other moms understood. My little bell of a boy stopped ringing as soon as I removed him from the loud and rowdy play area at a popular fast food chain and shuffled him and his brother into our minivan. In hindsight, I am grateful he sounded his alarm in a signal of early warning instead of going right from calm into full meltdown mode.

2 comments:

Marla said...

Yes warnings before full blown melt downs are very nice. It took me a while to discover what those warnings are with M. I like the bell sounding. very nice.:)

Casdok said...

What an excellent early alarm system!