Yesterday Emma and I spent time with our friends Lauri and her son Henry. Lauri has a wonderful blog, Ollibean, which is a model of inclusion and what that really means. Recent posts include Judy Endow’s How to Figure Out if an Autistic Needs Fixing, Amy Sequenzia’s Walk in my Shoes, and Henry Frost’s All the People Saw my Intelligence.
About a year and a half ago I interviewed Henry regarding his wish to be allowed to go to his local school. Because Henry cannot speak and is Autistic, he was denied that right. That interview was published on The Huffington Post ‘here‘. And a follow-up post ‘here‘ because the piece went viral. I also wrote about staying with Lauri and her family last spring ‘here‘, which was also when Emma and Henry became friends.
Henry and Emma wrote this story together, taking turns writing a sentence by pointing to letters on an alphabet board. Henry is “H” and Emma is “E”. (I know … that’s probably pretty obvious…) Afterwards Henry and Emma gave me permission to publish their story here.
H: Once a man went to the king.
E: He had a complaint against his horse.
H: His horse would not carry him any more.
E: His horse wanted five dollars each ride.
H: The king asked him to sell the horse.
E: The horse said it is not a slave.
H: The king asked the horse its price.
E: The horse said it needs a million dollars.
H: Finally the king gave two options to the horse.
E: First was – fight a lion.
H: Second is – serve this man.
E: Choose between the two.
H: Question is – what will he choose?
E: The End