G read The Red Car by Bobby Lynn Maslen and John R Maslen. There were three names in the short book and he made me laugh every time he called Mark ‘Marble’. I told him I was going to start calling him Garble 🙂
I read An Unexpected Life: A Mother and Son’s Story of Love, Determination, Autism and Art by Debra Chwast with paintings by Seth Chwast.
Jason and I were able to hear locals Debra and Seth speak at an autism conference years ago and it was inspiring to see what this tireless mother has done to make her son shine. Seth was diagnosed with autism at a young age and Debra says in the book that she cried for three years. “For most of Seth’s childhood I was frantic confused, weepy and in over my head” She read and tried every therapy she could find, but when Seth turned 18, she was told that he was most suitable for dry mopping (whatever that it). She hired art therapists, art teachers and just plain artists after it became apparent that Seth had a gift. You can check out his paintings here. Since then they have travelled extensively, had films made about him and even been on the Today Show twice. His works have hung in some very prestigious places and yet he needs 24 hour supervision. Even when he paints she must pay someone to be there otherwise Seth wouldn’t even pick up a brush.
The book is gorgeous and there are at least 120 paintings included, each one including Seth’s own description of it. Seth and his mother have benefitted from an abundance of money, so this is not the autism story many can afford, but that in no way diminishes Seth’s talent. He’s a true artist. It’s how he communicates with the world. You can visit his website here.