Speaking For The Pervises

This has been a busy week for me. I recently returned from a National Book Festival in Houston. There were too many books, too many authors and too many choices. It was so easy to get lost in the shuffle that I didn’t get to see other authors that I was interested in or to buy their books.  It was hard to generate much interest in autism, probably because the people most interested in autism were at home taking care of their children who are handicapped by autism. These parents don’t get out and about much. Though I didn’t accomplish all that I would have wanted to, it was an energizing and exciting event.

After I returned, PJ and I were interviewed for a documentary about living with autism. (You know which one of us did all the talking). Although PJ is very independent at home, (doing chores, fixing lunch, cooking his own fries, etc), I’ve not been able to get these activities on video when  we have been filmed.  He does not perform on cue. He cooks if he is hungry and fixes lunch in the evenings before bed. If we are ever filmed again, I may have to set up a situation to show him in action.

As it was, he reluctantly looked at pictures with me, said a few words and played the bongo a little. He spent most of the interview hiding out upstairs in my bedroom. Still, that is an improvement because he was calm and pleasant. There was a time when he would have been aggressive when asked to do something he doesn’t really want to do. He is better at doing what he wants to do when he wants to do it. As I said before, we have to savor our small successes. I will keep you posted on when the documentary will air.

I was also interviewed for the documentary  about the Spinners  on an episode of the TV show”Unsung”. It was shown on the  TV One Channel and it will be rerun.  I hope you get a chance to see it. The Spinners were gracious enough to allow me to participate to speak for Pervis. It was bittersweet, because I would  rather that Pervis have been here to speak for himself. I am honored and thankful that they wanted Pervis remembered. That tells you the kind of men they are. They are world class men, both onstage and off. They are some of my Heroes.

Pervis was always mentoring me and encouraging my writing. He did not live to see it or to accomplish some of his goals for people with autism, so I feel that it is my responsibility to speak for both of the Pervises while I still can.  Pervis is gone, but if I did not try to move forward with our plan, I would not have comfort myself. I have to at least put forth the effort. If you never try to accomplish a goal, then you will never know what the outcome could be.

Until next time; May the Love of God enfold you; May the Power of God protect you.

Claudreen Jackson


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