Ben started reading it and said, "Hey this kid sounds like me!"
"Really," I said while being totally happy he had connected with the character I had modeled after him. I was ready to get the big head and listen to him talk about how I was spot on in nailing his feelings and putting them to paper. I imagined how my kids book would revolutionize the way Asperger's and Autism is viewed by the world.
"So, what about the kid reminds you of yourself?" I had to know.
"Well, he does imitiations. I do imitations, I can sound just liek anyone."
"... Uh Really? Any thing else?" Confusion was setting in. I never included anything about "Imitatation" in the opening draft.
"He like to act like a cat. I like to act like a cat. He's just like me."
"Cool." I was still confused. I started thinking back through the draft and then a line jumped out at me:
He could talk like everyone, but his voice sounded different, kind of like a robot.
Oops. May need to do a bit of a touch up there. I think Ben kind of missed the point of the statement from my 8 year old narrator.