“Are you asleep?” my husband whispered, nudging my arm.
“I was on the cusp of being asleep until you just woke me up,” I whispered back and sat a little straighter in my chair.
“I was going to probably fall asleep too. This movie is not my speed. How does Declan like it?”
Both of us looked down the aisle to see Declan two seats down. Not his assigned seat, but the little mover likes to move, and would probably move again.
Declan sat in his chair with his little legs reclined, eating some pretzel bites and intently watching the movie screen ahead.
“He looks happy. He has been asking to see the Power Rangers movie since the first preview. I am glad we took him.” I responded.
“Yeah, me too. Well, good night.”
My husband and I both reclined in our movie seats and got into a resting position. He, with his head resting on his supported hand. Me, with my arms crossed across my chest to tuck in my head.
We always try to get Declan out for some special time by himself. The big kids are involved in so many activities that we are always traveling to, and taking Declan to. So when we get a chance, my husband takes a day off from work and we take time to celebrate Declan.
Today, Declan wanted to see the new Power Rangers movie. My husband and I put our smiles on, bought the tickets and cheered with Declan all the way to the theater.
But try as we might, this was going to be a hard one for us to stay awake for.
I looked again at Declan as he stood up and walked a chair back towards me to sit down. I looked up at the screen to see the movie.
I looked again at Declan to see if he brought all his goodies with him to his new chair.
“Declan – you forgot your Skittles.” I whispered.
“You see, I am on the Spectrum,” a loud voice emitted from the screen.
My head turned. My husband sat up.
What did that character just say?
And as one soon to be Power Ranger, Billy Cranston, told another soon to be Power Ranger that he was on the autism spectrum and described himself, my interest piqued.
My husband got up and went to sit with Declan.
“This movie just got way more interesting,” he murmured and sat down giving Declan a hug.
We all watched the movie with great interest from then on. Declan loved the costumes and all the scenes that the good guys were fighting the bad guys.
And my husband and I loved every scene that had a person with autism as a superhero.
We all left the theater that day with a great big smile on our face.
My hat is off to the makers of the Power Rangers movie. What a great way to spread some autism awareness!
I went into that theater with my best, “Yeah!” face on for Declan. I left the theater with a “Yeah!” face thinking of Declan.
The new Power Rangers movie is great for any Power Rangers fan, or fan of a good superhero movie.
But also, it is a great movie for anyone who wants to see the first autistic superhero in a film.
Way to go, Billy Cranston! You’re the MVP!