Office binders and big eyes
by Diane Dennis
(Oak Harbor WA USA)
As most children with Asperger's Syndrome do, my son has had specific (some would say odd) interests over the years.
One that has stuck with him has been office supplies, specifically binders.
Whenever we went to a store such as Walmart or Kmart, he would make a beeline for the office supply section.
A trip to Officemax was a huge treat for him, and a surefire way to end a bad mood.
One time my husband was putting on a seminar and he needed to create handouts that consisted of binders with paperwork in them.
He purchased a case of binders and had them sitting here in the living room.
I knew when I saw that box that a certain young man (he was in 8th grade) would be extremely excited when he came in and saw those binders.
Sure enough, he walked in the front door and the first thing he saw was that case of binders.
His eyes lit up like it was Christmas. He had to sit in front of them and count them and wonder at them and be amazed that there were this many binders in front of him at one time, and in his own living room no less!
And of course he HAD to have one of those binders (he would have liked to have all of them!).
Fortunately there were a couple extras, and off he went happy as a clam, as if he was carrying the most treasured item in the world (which to him it was). :o)