I like to read about rollercoasters,Alex has loved Roller Coasters since he was a very little boy. His intense interest lasted many years and my wish to take him to ride the big roller coasters is a very old and unfulfilled wish now. Here's a page from my old autism website discussing Alex's roller coaster obsession.
I read about them everyday,
There are loops and turns everywhere,
and you can laugh and scream "Hurray!"
You can find them in an amusement park,
You can ride them in the light or dark,
As you ride them up and down,
You can find them in cities or find them in town.
By: Alex Bain
He had a set of Roller Coaster VHS tapes he loved dearly that lived in our VCR for quite some time. (AMERICA'S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS #1 & #2, WORLD'S GREATEST ROLLER COASTER THRILLS ) The 2 that survived are tucked away somewhere as are the cars from his Little Tykes Roller Coaster.
He also had a book, still on his shelf, Roller Coasters. Later he got into Roller Coaster Tycoon on his laptop.
In grade 5 and 6 when "Miss Ross" was his TA, she encouraged his drawing and he drew countless Roller Coasters, often combining other loves by making a park to go with them or making them an Olympic event. He even drew a Roller Coaster based Monopoly board.
His Roller Coaster T-Shirt collection is thanks to "Alex in Massachusetts" who vacations on PEI every summer and shares not only Alex's name but his roller coaster passion. Here he is in Elmira at Alex's Tip-to-Tip run wrap-up party where "Alex in Massachusetts" had just presented him with the latest t-shirt.
Alex has been on the Cyclone at Sandspit and a coaster in a mall in Quebec on his Grade 9 school trip but that's it.
My long held wish is about to come true as we spend our time after the Marathon in Disney's and Universal's Parks checking out the Roller Coasters and other thrill rides. (Unfortunately I'll have to ride along if I want to truly experience Alex experiencing the ride.....!!)
Good luck to all the Islanders running Disney!
hope we see you there!
There will be lots of photos of our adventure.... if I survive the Roller Coaster parts...
Assume the position...
arms up, mouth open and round...