Thursday, January 26, 2006

What's So Funny, Anyway?

4am.

Oliver roused the household of sleepy occupants with his loud and contagious laughter. I have no idea what was so funny but it must have been really something considering the gales of squeals and giggles coming from his room.

I've only recently read that "inappropriate" laughter is an indicator of autism and I'm sure that is well-documented and said with good reason. But I don't care; I like it. No, I love it when he does that. It is not, in my mind, a sign of pathology. It is a sign of Spring, of Hopefulness, of Character, of Light, and that there are good things that have happened to my boy in his short years with us. That there are good things to come.

With any other kid I might have gone into his room and, considering the hour, demanded: "What's so funny?" But with Oliver I didn't need to do that.

Maybe, just maybe, the laughter is the message.

3 comments:

  1. That's so funny...Andrew was also laughing in his sleep last night (this morning). There have been many times where he wakes laughing and making other noises out of control and has difficulty falling back to sleep. This morning (5:00 am) I heard him giggle and then silence again until 8:00 am. I am sure he was having a great dream!

    One day they will be able to tell us what is so funny.

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  2. I LOVE this post. Giggle away, Oliver!

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  3. Noah finds the strangest things amusing, but it doesn't matter, because his laughter is sooooo excellent to listen to. Laugh away Oliver, it makes life so much sweeter.

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