The Shower Scripter

The Scene: Interior hallway of suburban family home. The autistic teen is in the bathroom directly off the hallway. The sound of a shower running can be heard from behind the closed door of the bathroom. The autistic teen enters the shower and begins speaking loudly. He is scripting. He begins one of his favorite and most-quoted scenes from The Princess Bride – “Battle of Wits.” His mother, across the hallway in her office, smiles as she listens to him. Last week in the shower, he scripted Peter Sellers and Herbert Lom in an original Pink Panther scene. The week before that, he sang a song from Toy Story. The mother recognizes, since she has heard it so often, that the current scene is nearing its end as her son’s voice rises. She laughs as she hears him deliver the final intonation.

Autistic teen: Never go in against a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line!


13 thoughts on “The Shower Scripter

  1. M

    he really is amazing. a walking library. he could save you all sorts of money on movie rentals, just have him recite from favorites instead.

  2. krisitine

    Classic, also a favorite of my hubby’s and I own it to. It must be fun to listen to him. I am glad to hear that he is doing so well with school and wrestling. Hope you see you soon.

  3. goodfountain

    I do love that movie too. I could quote the whole thing at one point too. But, alas, my mind is not nearly as sharp as Nigel’s and I’ve long-since been unable to quote with perfection.

  4. Brenda

    “You keep saying that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”

    LOVE this movie! And LOVE that he knows that scene – priceless!

  5. mama edge

    Rocky’s been doing lines from the movie, Watchmen, lately in the shower. I think I’d prefer Princess Bride.

    BTW Thanks for crying with me the other day.

  6. Cinda

    I always tell my graduate students in special education that disability is on the continuum. Behaviors can be normal or not depending on intensity, duration, place, etc. etc. My daughter spent months of her early life only answering to whichever character she was currently enamored with. Alice (in Wonderland) for 3 months, Dorothy (of Oz) for 4 months, etc. etc. Princess Bride was and continues to be an obsession. She does not have autism but, as I said, it is all on a continuum. Does your son channel Westeley? Andre the Giant? Thank you for sharing!

  7. corrie

    After Casablanca this is my most favorite movie!

    How fun to hear movies being quoted all day long. (Oh, wait, I get to hear movies and SpongeBob and bus conversations repeated all day long.)


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