It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in here to say hello… so, Hello! Ahoy! Aloha! Hola! Konichiwa! etc etc… I’ve been busy with my kids, house projects, my alter ego Captain R.B., exploring marketing on social media, and meeting tons of folks online. One thing I can say from the thousands of people I’ve chatted with is that everyone is pretty much going through something that brings them down … or scares them… or that they’re embarrassed to talk about.
I have this crazy idea is that people should talk about such things and *gasp* find out that they’re not so strange nor alone in their circumstances. Another thing I can say from my chats is that everyone… EVERYONE… is looking for distractions from their day to day lives. Sports, vacations, media drama, humor, and as of last week a royal baby. I’m not sure if it’s just the novelty of a wee little princeling that has a lot of folks entranced or if something else is going on. Here in the US we don’t have any true royalty but we idealize them with literature and movies. A lot of girls get subconsciously led to believe that a white knight or prince will come and rescue them, and boys dream of slaying dragons and battling evil.
Those folks that live in countries that have royalty know the reality … they’re both good and bad just like celebrities (actors and athletes) that we have here. They have faults and weakness. They have talents and abilities that can flourish with their money and power. They’re people like the rest of us with opportunity and privilege. *cough* People like the rest of us… a strange idea popped into my head. Have you ever seen the King’s Speech? (If not it’s worth watching) Royalty is not immune to illness nor learning disabilities.
We all know why I blog here. I’m the father of a now 11 year old severely affected autistic daughter that only has about a dozen spontaneous words at her command on any given day. I’m not wishing this on the couple and their young son but what if such a privileged child was born severely autistic with obsessive compulsive traits, sensory issues, and lack of speech. It might shed light on several key things that a lot of people would like to ignore. Royals are people just like the rest of us poor shmucks. Not all autistic people can be “fixed” and normalized. The incidence of the affliction is rising and it is estimated that about 1 in 54 boys is on the spectrum (1 in 88 overall). But of course this is unlikely to happen & I wouldn’t wish having an autism spectrum child on anyone.
So I’ll take an idea from a fellow blogger here Shannon Enos and send the couple a gift … I’m thinking a sock monkey dressed up as a palace guard… maybe a pirate eye patch because I’m weird like that...