Through my Daughter’s Eyes
When I saw that the the Weekly Photo Challenge was Arranged, I knew I would be taking photos of my daughter’s space.
You may have heard that autistic individuals will arrange items till their heart’s are content, and once arranged, it’s difficult to break the pattern of said arrangement.
Well, my daughter is no different! Mija takes great care to arrange items that most people, including me, would never think to group together.
The first photo is a blueback-scratcher, a green toy cup, a pink butterfly and a blue toy similar to a large Lego. To look at it in the span of the entire room, it may not make sense…but she see’s symmetry and color where we may overlook it…and she is not afraid to display it.
I get a big kick out of the next arrangement: a blue turtle, a pink, flowered rubber ducky, a little red cup and a blue-green wrist wallet that I can no longer seem to use when I want to go exercise!
They are arranged in a square-like setting with blues and reds along the diagonals. Note how the items touch. It makes sense until you take a step back and to really see the entire arrangement in the next photo!
I have no idea why the Christmas elf is facedown and away from everything else in the room. I’m sure Mija has her reasons…and I just laugh and wonder about the poor elf!
The last photo has a string of items where the outer rings are grouped as you might expect. On the other end are two CD covers of with muppet characters. In case you don’t recognize them they are from the Spanish-language version of Sesame Street known as Plaza Sesamo.
What fascinates me are the shiny party decorations that join both sets! There are pastels to match the CD covers, and green stems to match the outer green ring. Oh, yes…one more thing…did you see that the colors from the rings are also contained in the CD covers? …an arrangement that I probably wouldn’t have done on my own!
When things are in disarray she may repeatedly say one of the few phrases that she speaks clearly, “No, it’s not!” as if she’s scolding her belongings.
Keeping items grouped together in the manner of her choosing makes my daughter happy, and calm. It’s a way for her to express herself. Yes, she certainly has her limits, but in other ways she has insight into a world that most of us will find unfamiliar.
I hope you enjoyed my daughter’s arrangements as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you!
I took so many examples of my daughter’s arrangements, that I’ve decided this is part 1. Stay tuned for part 2 in the next day or so!
To see more pictures of my daughter’s space, see my post titled Peaceful.