Happy Autism Awareness Month! This blog entry’s title may be a little misleading. I don’t really mean that we took a vacation from autism awareness; in our case, that might be nice, that might be impossible. No, this is more of a “what if we could see our recent vacation through awareness of what Dar wants to say, despite his autism?” I did another post like this a few months back, and people seemed to like it. So journey with us, won’t you, through a super-sized post of utterly unverifiable projections of what Dar may have said as we visited Washington D.C., Arlington, Montpelier, Monticello, UVA, Duke U, Atlanta, Savannah, and Charleston:

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“Why am I always being pulled into these group photos? Have I not made it clear that I don’t like looking at that camera when you guys do?”

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“Yes, my brother talks, but you don’t see me clinging to a stuffed animal everywhere I go.”

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“See, I’m giving this shot the appropriate dreamy quality those lit cherry blossoms deserve.”

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“Dad thinks this is some big deal cause this dude has a disability. Whatever.”

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“Squirrel!”

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“Cherry blossom, shmerry blossom, can I have some more goldfish crackers?”

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“I was told POOL. I can’t swim in this!”

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“Dad won’t let me jump in this either. Jerk.”

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“Museum of American Hisboring, is what it should be called.”

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“…Unless I get to piggyback on Dad. Let this piggyback of the people, by the people, and for the people not perish from the earth!”

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“Is this that stupid perfect family that Dad wishes we were?”

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“None of our other Easters were this nice. I knew Dad was holding out on us.”

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“See Dad, at least I don’t stare at TV like my cousins.”

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“Did you know James Madison is shorter than my brother? Seriously, I had to stand this far behind Dolley just to give him a chance to look big.”

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“It was Adam Smith who explained the invisible hand. It is I who spends hours staring at my invisible hand.”

 

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“Rich guy, old house, wrote the Constitution, blah blah blah blah blah.”

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“Dad, UVA seems fine, but shouldn’t I be trying for the Ivy Leagues?”

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“It’s an old acting trick: play it like you have a secret.”

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“We should enjoy the statue of this slaveowning imperialist third President before someone tears it down.”

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“Dad you’re not supposed to take pictures inside Monticello!…Though yes, that rationale about ‘some of the collection isn’t ours’ sounded pretty ridiculous to me.”

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“I love my mommy, but don’t always show it.”

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“Wait, you’re telling me that only Jefferson’s descendants through his white wife get any of this money? Sally Hemings’ kids get nothing?”

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“That’s hysterical!”

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“I have a dream…that Dad will let me out of here.”

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“I like these guys. They don’t talk, and everyone wants to take pictures with them.”

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“Long walk to freedom? Yeah, I can see that.”

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“Dad thanks for taking me to the graves of Dr. and Mrs. King. For once I’m understanding the let’s-respect-the-reflecting-pool thing.”

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“I know THIS IS CNN, but THIS IS also way too big a building.”

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“Love our bus tour of Savannah!”

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“Best bus tour ever!”

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“It’s like New Orleans but with oak tree branches of Spanish moss making canopies everywhere.”

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“Okay Dad, I know you’ve been trying to get a picture of my brother and I smiling together…”

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“I’m giving you three chances Dad, and that’s it. No, forget about focus or the background, that would be silly of you.”

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“Last one Dad! You better be grateful.”

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“Also be grateful that I don’t jump into this thing.”

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“Mom and Dad have stuffed me into the corner of this balcony overlooking Savannah River. It’s like they don’t trust me or something.”

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“That’s right. DAR. So there.”

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“Well, at least Savannah College of Art and Design doesn’t have an acronym as bad as Antonin Scalia School Of Law.”

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“Let’s get moody!”

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“I may go to Thousand Oaks School, but this town knows how to do a thousand oaks.”

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“Thanks for taking us to the beach in Charleston Dad. You do know we have better beaches in California right?”

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“Yep, I’m getting drenched! And you guys have to deal with it! Ha ha.”

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“My dad keeps looking for Confederate flags and not seeing any. Whoop de woo, what is that supposed to mean?”

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“I got your brand new U.S. customs rightcheyehere.”

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“And ONE MORE THING…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz”

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