Thursday, March 16, 2006

QUESTIONS FOR A MOTHER

1) What do you think of today's young people? Have they deteriorated?

2) How does getting married feel?

3) Do you think the U.S. is becoming a mess of a country?

4) Do you have any mortal enemies?

5) Have you ever felt that life is hopeless?

6) Are you scared that terrorists might attack?

7) Have you ever lied to me?

8) Is there anyone you wish were dead?

9) What do you think is the greatest country in the world?

10) Have you ever thought you couldn't cope with a child?

11) Do you think your life would be different without animals? (on a scale of 1-10)

12) Do you think a lot of people are sexist?

13) Why does it seem like everyone loves Amie [Joshua's sister, 9] more?
* And one last question, asked when it came to mind:

14) Have I met the expectations you had for me when I was born?

I hope that this list of questions has gotten your attention :)
It should have brought a few questions to your own mind:

Who wrote these questions?
Who is Joshua and Amie?
Why these questions?

I have included thse questions not because these questions are the best, but becasue of the story behind them:

From www.npr.org


March 17, 2006 ยท When he was 5 years old, Joshua Littman was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a form of autism. But the condition that has robbed him of many social skills has also played a role in Joshua becoming an honor-roll student at 12.
Born in Dorset, England, Joshua and his family moved to the United States soon after his diagnosis. When he was 9, Joshua became a member of MENSA.
His mother, Sarah Littman, is a journalist and an author of children's books. She describes children with Asperger's as "born without social genes."
They can come across as eccentric, and often develop obsessions -- in Joshua's case, animals.
Confronted with the chance to interview his mother at a StoryCorps booth, Joshua eschewed the prepared questions that many participants rely on, and instead created his own. His questions touch on everything from his mother's past to how she really feels about him.


Here is the link to Joshua's moms blog:
Sarah Littman's Blog


Here are some links to resources about the condition Joshua has:
Web Resources
More Info on Asperger's
Yale Univ. Asperger's Resources
Univ. of Delaware on Asperger's
Autism Society of America

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