I am a tolerant woman. I can ignore a lot. A LOT.
But some teen in this house showed Maura YouTube on the Xbox. And now, Maura is going through YouTube, clip by bloody clip, trying to pick out songs from movies. Except she can’t read really, so she goes by movie titles or pictures, press play, decide it’s not what she’s looking for ten seconds in, and stops it to go trolling some more.
She’s doing this right now.
I’m going a bit mad.
It’s actually way more fun when one of the siblings get on her case. “Maura! Just stick with one thing!” Which of course, she doesn’t.
We lost the Blue Pad – aka, a Kindle Fire that she was using – so we can’t just plug her into her own device with headphones.
To add to this fun, she’s gotten into repeating things several times to you. “See? See? See?”
“Yes, I see…I see….YES I SEE!”
Geez Mom, why are you yelling?
I had this idea that I could just put a tv in her room. But then we’d never see her again, and she’d definitely never sleep. But that’s how desperate it’s all getting.
And then, just now, she turns to me. “See? A party! Woo! Let’s party!”
And I laugh.
Because the girl is just trying to enjoy her music and watch music videos. And she’s navigating YouTube the best she can – just like she navigates life.
There will always be obstacles for Maura. Always. The world isn’t designed for those with disabilities, so those with disabilities have to find a way to make things work. Meanwhile, there are those perfectly abled who get royally put out because OMG they had to park at the far end of the parking lot, and bitch about it. Or bitch about the shortage of unicorn Frappuccino’s. Or bitch about something that isn’t a big deal, and talk about how hard it was.
You know who doesn’t bitch about life being hard?
The girl currently navigating YouTube to find a video with her barely kindergarten level reading skills.
Sheesh, even I could learn from her.
This is one of her favs – thanks to one of the Jennifers who insisted Maura had to have the movie – we’re gonna need the soundtrack now, please and thank you.