And no, I am not referring to the revelation this past week to many of us that for Heidi and Ted Cruz, it was love at first sight. Rather I am referring to the love affair between two others.
But I am getting ahead of myself.
As some of you may know, April is National Autistic Awareness Month. Now that diagnostic tools have gotten better, no doubt many of us either know someone who is autistic, or have friends or family who are autistic, often of varying degrees.
For instance, one of my oldest friends has three kids. The oldest one was always a bit of an odd duck, but very smart, and very sweet. It wasn’t until he was in college that he was diagnosed as being Autistic, though very high functioning, which was why it wasn’t diagnosed earlier. Had it, they could have done things differently with him, or understood better how to communicate with him.
Another friend has a grandchild who is Autistic, but much more severe than the child-now-adult above. He is a young child, and has to have all kinds of therapy, like you often see portrayed on television.
The bottom line is, we have learned so much more about Autism over the past 10 – 15 years, though there is still much to be learned. And sometimes, everything that is tried and true with some children just does not work with other children. Some kids you just cannot get through to no matter how hard you try.
And that is where the following love story comes into play. This is the story of Xena and Jonny, and oh, what a story it is. I Heart Pets has the story:
[…] Jonny began exhibiting symptoms of Autism early on in his life. Sometimes, when his father would bring him to the deli to pick up meat, Jonny’s dad would place his order, and Jonny would begin screaming at the top of his lungs. Among other things, food gave him a great deal of anxiety. Additionally, the little boy would have almost no interaction whatsoever with the family dogs the Hickeys had at the time. The family’s situation, as it is for so many other families, was stressful and challenging – they just wanted a way to help improve their son’s life. Then something amazing happened.
A terribly emaciated and near death Pit Bull had been found. She was near death. The rescue organization responsible for her care felt that she was in need of a fighter’s name to complement her fighting spirit, so that hopefully she would pull through. She was named Xena, and she would need that type of encouragement, because the situation was dire.
Jonny’s mother came across the dog’s story and Facebook page and followed her recover. She also applied to rescue the dog. Thankfully, the dog pulled through, and out of hundreds of applications, the Hickeys were selected to provide her with a forever home. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
There is much more to this story. But I would rather you be able to see it for yourselves. Check out this once-in-a-lifetime love story between Jonny and Xena:
Isn’t that just such a beautiful story? And I LOVE the sign that Xena has on: “Who Rescued Who?” Exactly.
I am sure many of us can relate to an animal in our lives who helped rescue us in one way or another, and many books that tell that tale (or is it tail?! Ahaha.). I know I can relate to that, and I encourage you to feel free to share your stories about that kind of love below.
But for April, for this National Autistic Awareness Month, the love story of Xena and Jonny, how it was love at first sight, and how they rescued each other, says it all.
And in keeping with the theme of this post, “Love At First Sight,” how about a little Michael Buble for a break from it all? Here you go:
His voice is such a throwback, isn’t it? And I mean that in the best way possible. It’s like Dean Martin or Bing Crosby or even Frank Sinatra was reincarnated in him. Hope you liked it and that it gave you a bit of a break.
That’s it for me. Feel free to discuss this story, or the politics of the day, or a peppy tune, or whatever else is on your minds. This is the Weekend Open Thread.