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Dear, Dear Judy Blume

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

It’s finally happened: Beernut has a favourite book.

Sure, he had certain books he was partial to as a really little guy. A particularly ravenous insect comes to mind… But those days are long gone. And Beernut is very forthcoming regarding his dislike of the written word. Asperger’s makes reading increasingly difficult for Beernut. Grasping inferences, predicting character behaviours, and anticipating outcomes are outside of his realm. And he has grown to despise reading.

Which is why I about fell out of my chair when, after declaring that he hates to read during his recent camp interview, he then admitted that there was one exception.

I can certainly attest to the fantastic nature of the book given that I have now read it to Beernut dozens of times. [And this is on top of the several rereadings when I was a kid.] I have read most, though not all, of Judy Blume’s books. She is a wonderful writer and though times have changed, rendering some of the narrative a little dated, the overall themes and situations are timeless.

Judy Blume is known for her ongoing communication with her thousands of fans and has adeptly transitioned to the world of social media. Still, I was just totally a little breathless and weak-kneed happy to read her reply to my Tweet:

A shout-out from Judy Blume?? As if Beernut could adore Judy Blume even more.

Me too.

Thank you, Judy Blume, for writing a book for my son to love. He’s not a reader and, due to his Asperger’s, might never be a reader. But he has found a story that delights him. Entertains him. Moves him. And provides a platform for many wonderful shared moments. That is not a small triumph.

It is everything.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Deborah the Closet Monster permalink
    Wednesday, 2 May 2012 3:07 pm

    This is a post for many, many smiles. I was beaming before I got to those screen shots, but add those in? *cheer*

  2. JockBro permalink
    Wednesday, 2 May 2012 4:01 pm

    Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is the first novel I recall loving. Wait, does the Clifford series count?

  3. Wednesday, 2 May 2012 5:07 pm

    so cool, I love her too. How great that she replied!

  4. Wednesday, 2 May 2012 5:15 pm

    I love everything about this post!

  5. Kim Mishow permalink
    Wednesday, 2 May 2012 5:49 pm

    I too love everything about this post!

  6. Wednesday, 2 May 2012 7:03 pm

    this post is many levels of amazing.

  7. Thursday, 3 May 2012 3:00 am

    I am so happy for your son! What a wonderful woman, who not only writes books that children love, but has the heart to reach out to them.

  8. Thursday, 3 May 2012 10:05 am

    Love this! So great 🙂

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