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Little Sheldon

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I turned on the TV so Cubby could watch a new children’s show I’ve found about underground trains.  I went to sit down, and Cubby shouted at me:

No, Mummy.  That’s my chair.  You don’t sit there!

And that right there was the final proof of my suspicions that I am mother to Little Sheldon.

When I returned from the mandatory 5 day stay in hospital after giving birth to Cubby, my husband introduced me to a new TV show he’d started to watch: The Big Bang Theory. Almost immediately, I sensed something familiar about the Sheldon character. I was, and still am, overwhelmed by maternal instincts for him. I put it down to the magical effects of oxytocin from all the breastfeeding I was doing at the time.  I just want to hug him, much as he’d dislike it.
Back then, I was not so intimately acquainted with Asperger’s Syndrome, nor did I even know that many viewers felt that Sheldon was an Aspie. As far as anyone knew at the time, Pudding was a typical toddler, and Cubby was your average newborn.  Fast-forward two years, and average and typical doesn’t even come into it any more.  But then again, nobody would call Dr. Sheldon Cooper average or typical, and I think he is just fine with that.

The writers deny that the character has Asperger’s Syndrome, they simply claim he is “Sheldony.”  Just like my spectrummy boy he is not diagnosed with an ASD, though he does show more than a few traits, and a shared obsession with trains.

Cubby was always highly verbal.  Though he has been closely followed for developmental delays, language has never been a problem for him.  Just like his sister, he has a huge vocabulary, particularly when it comes to special interests.  He takes things comically literally.  He is very smart and doesn’t mind letting you know it.  This boy has an opinion on most things.  And just like the real Sheldon, he is always, always right.

Unlike Pudding, who is (relative to her diagnosis) pretty flexible, Cubby likes his routines.  Things have to be done in a certain way- his way- and any other way is wrong.  One more thing he has in common with Sheldon: he also loves his mother very, very much.

So Cubby, like Sheldon, has a spot.  A place where only he should sit.  A “single point of consistency in an ever-changing world.”  My Little Sheldon.  I’m okay with it.  I’m okay with this little guy being who he is, quirks and all.  I know he’s not insane, because like Sheldon’s mother, I had him tested.  And if he continues to grow up and be just like this character- well, it isn’t the worst thing that could happen.  He’d make any mama proud.

But there is just one thing that has to change- that chair he wants to take is my spot.  Perhaps there is a little Sheldon in all of us.  Bazinga!

Written by Spectrummy Mummy

September 1, 2011 at 12:04 am

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  1. I had to giggle a little at this. We ALL have our spots in the living room. My husband and I love The Big Bang Theory, and often think our Aspie is a lot like Sheldon.

    • We love it too, but Pudding is nothing like Sheldon right now, nor even Amy Farrah Fowler!

      Spectrummy Mummy

      September 6, 2011 at 8:59 am

  2. I enjoyed this post, thanks for sharing.
    I have a special chair and I HATE it when someone else messes up my cushions…shhhhh.
    Don’t tell anyone…hehe…I didn’t grow out of it…giggle.
    Love and hugs.
    Lisa. xx 🙂


    September 1, 2011 at 8:10 am

  3. My 16 and 22 year old aspie boys LOVE Big Bang Theory and watch reruns online all the time. It’s pretty funny to hear them laughing while watching They can recite their favorite quotes verbatim and send each other into fits of laughter with just a couple words of the quote du jour. They are quite interested and amused that they are similar to Sheldon..I even suggested to the youngest that (without the sexual references) the show might be useful in his social skills class…and they both said..yeah, for what NOT to do! 😉


    September 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

    • Yes- definitely a few lessons to be learned from him. His friends are very tolerant though (although exasperated) so he never seems to learn. But then, where would the fun be in that?

      Spectrummy Mummy

      September 6, 2011 at 9:01 am

  4. Nice Post!


    September 2, 2011 at 8:28 am

  5. Oh that’s funny!
    I swear I’m married to Sheldon somedays!
    Good luck getting ‘your’ spot back 😉

    Fi (Wonderfully Wired Mum)

    September 2, 2011 at 7:11 pm

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  7. […] meant it was time for my Little Sheldon to become a preschooler, whether I was ready or not.   Meanwhile Pudding was planning ahead for […]

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