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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980

Friday, 15 February 2013


Valentines day is one of our most favourite holidays of the year.  It adds a bit of warmth and light to an otherwise dull, gray and cold month.  Even Jacob enjoys valentines day with all the gifts and cards and of course, the chocolates.  All the kids in his class hand out valentines cards and candy to everyone and we usually get Jacob a trendy box of cards to give out.

Now we know that many schools have adopted the "if you give to one, you give to all" policy, which of course is fair, because when I was young, there were a couple time when I didn't get too many cards.  And it didn't feel very good.  So when Jacob came home with the valentines box he made in school, we were all happy that it was full of cards.

Then we found a couple of Valentines that were unsigned.  Jacobs school has a system where you can purchase a card that comes with a candy for a quarter.  Then on Valentines day the card will be delivered to whoever you want.  Jacob received 2 of these cards, but the senders didn't put their names on them so we told Jacob they were from secret admirers.  And you should have seen his face!  Jacob rarely blushes, but a couple mystery cards was enough to turn his heels rosy red.

The fact that Jacob has a few real friends also makes us happy too.  It's nice to see that kids Jacobs age accept him for who he is, in spite of his regular outbursts.  After all, we all want our kids to be happy and have a positive learning experience.  And after valentines day, we can breathe a small sigh of relief in knowing that Jacob has some real friends.


  1. That's sweet! I'm glad Jacob got a bunch of cards and two from secret admirers. I remember when I was in school I gave one to everyone in the class and the same when my son was little.

    1. We too love Valentines day. Simply because I love chocolate anytime of year. I inherited my dads sweet tooth for sure.

  2. That makes me happy! I'm glad he had a good day!

    1. Thanks Liz. It's nice to hear from you. I hope you had a great valentines day.