Small Voice in the Universe 8

Yes, the title is a knock off of Jojo’s “One small voice in the universe.” I just attended two performances of Seussical Jr. this past weekend to watch my son perform in his first musical, and Jojo’s song keeps running through my head probably because it is catchy. Then too, there are times when I feel like I am only one small voice in the universe, dreaming my dreams and trying hard to be heard just like Jojo.

And like the Whos, I sometimes feel like I need to shout, “I am here! I am here!” Like Gertrude McFuzz, the bird with her one feathered tail, I feel I have to get the Hortons of the world to notice me and to realize that I want to help too. Like Horton, I still try to protect those whom others fail to hear, and I endure Sour Kangaroos and others who do not understand. Yes, I too still believe “a person’s a person no matter how small” and no matter how different a person’s a person after all.

Many of my friends in the autism community see autism everywhere and at times I do too, but more often, I see kids who need to learn how to be kind and accepting of others’ differences or at the very least tolerant and respectful.

I see it on Facebook, I see it on Twitter, I see it on T.V., I see it in movies, I see it in real life, and I see it wherever I go, here, there and everywhere. I even see it in adults acting badly. And no, I do not like it, not here, not there, not anywhere!

I continue to dream of a world where kindness is the norm and some of you helped restore my faith in humanity this week by helping Laura Nagle fund her upcoming documentary, Vectors of Autism, which I wrote about on December 2, 2011. Mahalo for helping her to reach her goal!

Many of my loyal supporters also reached out this week via comments on various posts, via Facebook, via Twitter, and even via e-mail to let me know that they still believe in me. A couple of people even called me this week reminding me that although I sometimes feel ineffective, I do have supporters and there are still a few of you listening and even helping to fight bullying and to teach kindness instead. Leigh at Flappiness is… even stopped by and commented. Mahalo to all of you for lifting me up when I was feeling down!

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  2. Lizzie,
    Mahalo! Yes, I imagine there were those who did not understand Dr. Seuss’ early works and were uncomfortable with them. Yes, I too would read it in a bus with no fuss… and I love his stories even though my children have out grown him. They are among the few childhood keepsakes that I have saved.

  3. Dr Seuss, such a wonderful whimsical perfect example of a man who fit into the world oddly. I love how you incorporated his characters into your thoughts. Anyone who thinks of Green Eggs and Ham or An Elephant named Horton who champions the little guy is a perfect example of being different and yet learning how to make it work for him. Do you suppose his early works were received with a sort of discomfort that people reserve for that which they don’t understand.? And yet today his works are some of the most beloved and I will bet quoted. I would read it in a bus with no fuss, in a car from afar – I do like him yes I do, I do like him how bout you?
    🙂 Peace

  4. Love the Seuss theme…
    We all need a little pick-me-up from time to time. It’s not an easy business, this changing the world thing, but it’s necessary. All we have to do is get up and look around to see how necessary. Fight the good fight; you never know how many people you’re reaching.

    • Stephanie,
      Yes, Seuss is wonderful, and seeing my son and some of the other kids at his school, who I have watched grow up, perform was inspiring and fun. I will keep fighting, but I know I need a break for the next couple of weeks and especially a break from Facebook, so while my son is off from school, I will be on-line less and watching corny Christmas movies and spending time with the kids instead except to do my post a week until the end of the year.

      Tomorrow I will be posting an upbeat book review that I promised to do and had planned to get done by today, but I had a busy day, so I am signing off for tonight.

  5. Yes, your post and its emotion reminds me a story I recently read….

    The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity
    He told the crowd the story of the sage who visits a town dripping with corruption, from government on down to the people who live there.

    “He would go to the marketplaces and from one street to another, saying to people, ‘Wake up! Wake up! Wake up to the needs of your fellow man!’

    “In the beginning, children would gather around him because nobody had ever spoken like that. And he went on day after day for years and years,” Wiesel said.

    Much like the old sage of his story, here Wiesel got quieter and softer as he continued.

    “And years later, the children stopped him in the street and said, ‘Poor stranger, you speak and you shout, but don’t you see that nobody listens? And yet you keep going, speaking and shouting. Don’t you see it’s for nothing?’

    “The sage said, ‘My dear child, I know it’s for nothing. They don’t listen and will never change. But I go on shouting louder and louder in this village and that village, on this corner and that corner, because ultimately, I don’t want them to change me.’ ”

    Blessings, warmth and the gift of perseverance…

    • Phil,
      Mahalo for the blessings, warmth and the gift of perseverance…

      I loved the story too and I do agree that I do not want them to change me. Still, I dream of changing them too.

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