Josh was our firstborn, making an arrival on a sweltering day in August 2005 while ‘You’re Beautiful’ by James Blunt (the funniest man on Twitter) played. However, this was ironic because he was a very, very ugly baby! Thankfully, he blossomed and grew into a handsome young man…
From a very young age, he was obsessed with “things” to the point of not watching anything other than relatable content matching his current obsession. Consequently, he would refuse to talk about anything else. Nor read or think about anything else. It started with Dinosaurs, then Titanic, moving onto sharks, wildlife and much later, dates of films.
In case you hadn’t guessed, Josh has ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) however, it doesn’t define him. It just makes him quirky.
But on a serious note, every day there’s a new obstacle for him to get over. There’s a further barrier to break down; mentally, emotionally and socially. Especially now he is getting older. Yet we get through it. He surprises us every day with his unique and fascinating view of the world.
Josh’s new obsession (as well as dates of films) is skateboarding. Over the years he has been into parkour and BMXing, but a few years ago he found something he loves and is amazingly good at. Although he is forever coming home with cuts and bruises from practising various jumps, over and over and over again, he has a genuine passion for skateboarding, which is lovely to see him as part of a community.
As well as skateboarding, Josh is a real foodie. In fact, he was the one who introduced the recipe section to the website. He loves eating out at restaurants, trying new tastes and flavours and is a great little chef. After a successful launch of the recipes section, I must say, he has excelled in the food critic world because he also introduced the restaurant section to the website as well.
This kid, despite all the challenges he has faced, is a moody, opinionated, exceptional person who has the world at his feet!
But, as a stereotypical “neurotypical” society there are things we all take for granted that simply do not come naturally to him. Sudden changes in plans, loud noises, crowded places or even too many people talking at once send his mind into overdrive. It’s taken us a long time working with him to make him the confident lad he is today. However, sometimes simple situations mentally exhaust him to the point of melt-downs, so we try to avoid those at all costs. Although he’s a worrier with a glass half full sort of kid we are immensely proud of him every day. Seeing him growing up so confident and finding things he can do, and do well, reminds us of what a strong character he is. We wouldn’t want him any other way.