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Noah is 6 years old.  Noah is nonverbal. Noah has autism.

This post was to be about Autism. But that’s not what it turned out to be. It turned out to be about Noah, who just happens to have autism, and his mom. About 6 months ago my husband said to me “hey, I went to highschool with this girl I think you’d like her, she writes blogs”. I thought because she blogs I’d like her?

Well, he forwarded me a blog where Alisa was talking about her son Noah. It blew me away. He was right, I did like her,  just from reading that one blog post. The way she writes is the way I try to make images. She speaks with purpose, with a vision, and we both try to let people in on a deeper level. Alisa’s writing is  informative, but easy to read , she keeps it on a very personal level. She always willing to be Noah’s voice, and that voice is loud!

I contacted her on Fb to let her know I appreciated her writing and she turned around and said the same thing to me about my images. She mentioned that she loved that I was able to capture not just my children’s faces but capture them as who they honestly are. She also said to me that she has never had anyone able to take photos of Noah and have that personal feeling. We talked more. I needed to know more. I needed to meet this amazing little boy I have read so much about.

On January 11 2015 I was invited into their home to try to capture just a smidgen of who this complex, multi- layered little boy is. I watched and listened to Alisa speak about Noah. With such pride her tired eyes would light up and her smile, oh her smile, all just by saying his name. But I could also hear a deep fear in her voice. And there it was. At one point she said “what if something happened to me?” Being completely realistic and knowing things can happen at any time to anyone of us she also said “Me leaving anytime soon is not an option” as she threw her hands out in the air.

I  know nothing about autism. I had thoughts and now I see obviously false understandings as to what the autism spectrum means. Even after spending a day talking with this incredibly strong woman and documenting Noah I still know nothing about autism. However, I do know a little more about a smart, funny, and very connected little boy.

Alisa knows why Noah is in her life and she is truly grateful. I know we are here to teach and help our children but if you let them they have plenty to teach us too. Most of the time we are so busy living day by day you forget that there is not only one way to look at this world, it’s not all black and white. noah jan112015-2 Noah getting his arms creamed, this is done to relieve the itch. noah jan112015-1 Balls. Noah’s favourite. He bounced and bounced the whole time I was there. noah jan112015-3 He takes his mom by the hand and tells her what he wants, push of the arm is no. noah jan112015-10 When he looks for something to eat in the fridge, he wants his back tickled. noah jan112015-28 And his legs squeezed. Alisa is happy to provide this comfort. I noticed he went to the fridge just for this. noah jan112015-12 noah jan112015-11 900x415 noah jan112015-17noah jan112015-20noah jan112015-19 I asked if my camera was too much for him, he looked concerned. He was curious. He later took some photos of his mom himself. noah jan112015-18

noah jan112015-48   downstairs He wanted downstairs. noah jan112015-45 After a quick lay down and some music to reset the mood, Noah was back. noah jan112015-32 Another game of ball. noah jan112015-34 noah jan112015-16 noah jan112015-38noah jan112015-47 Noah took mom’s hand and mine and pulled us down the hallway to her room then.. closed the door. Two seconds later he opened the door and she yelled SURPRISE! – exactly what he wanted. noah jan112015-35 noah jan112015-36 He walked us back to Alisa’s room over and over, sometimes for play but this time he needed some cuddles. noah jan112015-37noah jan112015-40 noah jan112015-41 noah jan112015-44

3 thoughts on “Noah

  1. Reblogged this on The Daily Crapper and commented:
    My day five writing challenge was to bullet my entire day. Not very exciting, so I decided instead to share the best part of my day. I was going through my Facebook feed and came across the following message “It’s April so I am sharing my super cool little buddy Noah again for Autism Awareness.
    He let me inside his world and educated me the best way kids can, with innocence and honesty. Autism is not black and white, and there is not only one way to see this world.
    Dear Alisa,
    First, you are doing a great job. I know you have worries and I know you get tired but you fight so hard for your little boy, it’s amazing. I thank you for speaking up and sharing your real and sometimes brutally honest stories and life with anyone who will listen. I know they are making a difference to someone. Thank you.”

    As a very proud Mom of an awesome little guy who has Autism, I can’t express how grateful I am for Christine from Christine Jordan Photography for doing what she did and sharing what she did. My little boy is amazing and beautiful, I see that. Often because he is different from typical kids his beauty goes unnoticed or is dismissed. He is invisible to many. On behalf of myself, Noah and my family thank you Christine for giving visibility to a little boy and this little world of autism. So grateful.

    1. Now I am in tears! We all need to be heard, we all need a voice. Your baby is not invisible. He is smart, funny, and seriously cute. I am so happy you enjoyed our time. I really enjoyed hanging out with him and having him open my eyes.

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