Deepest Desire

The Scene:  Interior of a suburban family home. The autistic teen has been spending most of a Saturday afternoon in his bedroom, at his computer, playing a CD-Rom game in which the player constructs and runs a Jurassic Park-themed attraction. He has owned this game for about eight years and goes through phases in which he plays it for days on end, and then moves on to some other Obsession of the Week. But he never lets more than a few weeks go by without playing this game again. It is his favorite “video” game. He studies the screen now, makes some changes to the sauropods’ feeding schedule, and gets up out of his chair. He walks down the hall and enters a room on the right – his mother’s office. She sits at her desk staring at her computer screen; spreadsheets surround her. He stands at the open door, and she looks over at him with an expression of confused amusement as he makes his announcement.

Autistic teen:  My deepest desire is to build a Jurassic Park and have a girlfriend.

Mother: Okay. We’ll see what we can do.

18 thoughts on “Deepest Desire

  1. fighting for my children

    Well, girl friend should be possible one day but not too sure that we want dinosaurs on the earth again. lol

  2. Cinda

    I love it and I wish him both. Likely he can design the park. And…(sorry, mom)…but there are many a young lady who would also love their own Park! Enjoy every moment with this awesome kid!

  3. M

    might be easier if he switches to wanting a quaternarian park (the current geologic period); those are doable.

    i like that no matter how important having a jurrasic park is…he still works in a girlfriend desire. those are on equal footing. the jurassic thing might be tough, but the girlfriend thing will happen. he’s smart, compassionate…a catch.

  4. jess

    you know, my first instinct was to say that only one of those is out of reach. but i’ve been reading about nigel long enough to know that nothing is out of reach.

  5. Aradia

    I love it that he’s so open with you! My boys, before they had actual girlfriends, probably felt the same way (about the girlfriends, not the dino theme park) but would they admit it to DH and me? Never in a million years.
    Deciphering what’s really going on beneath teen cool is almost as difficult as extracting dinosaur DNA and building a living velociraptor.

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