Max impressed us this past week with a couple of bold moves on Rudy’s behalf that left us wondering if he’ll run for office one day. 🙂
The first occured the last day of school before spring break. It was the last Friday of the month and, therefore, award assembly day at the elementary school. I was notified earlier in the week that Olivia was going to win the character award for her class (Yea Livy!) and so I made sure I was there to cheer her on. I was also pleased to go to watch Max perform one of his acts as Student Council President – passing out the awards along with the school Principal and SC Vice President. The monthly award assembly is not something I generally attend as there is ALOT of applause as well as celebratory cheers and Rudy is not only hyper-sensitive to the sound of applause but he can get himself so worked up that he goes into respiratory distress. Sure enough…as the first awards were handed out and the applause began, Rudy’s face turned red, the tears started to flow and his deep, panicked cries rang out loud and clear. I immediately stood up and began to gather our things preparing to make our escape out the back door when Max approached Mrs. Santiago on stage and asked if he could address the school. She quickly stood to the side and gave Max access to the mic. He then told the room full of students and faculty that his baby brother was in the audience, he pointed Rudy out, proceeded to explain that Rudy doesn’t tolerate applause and asked if everyone would sign the ASL sign for “deaf applause” instead which consists of holding your hands in the air and twisting them back and forth a couple of times. I was blown away by Max’s quick thinking and confidence to follow through with his instinct!!! I was also touched that Mrs. Santiago trusted Max enough to give him the mic without asking him first what he wanted to say!!! And how sweet of the school community to comply and wave their “flying fingers” for Rudy’s comfort!!! Rudy’s response was swift…he calmed down and although he was still physically shaken, we were able to stay seated for the entire assembly and all the vigorous (but thankfully not thunderous) applause!!!-Thanks Max
The second occured today when we had a Santa Barbara moment and just happened to run into Rob Lowe at one of our favorite local taquerias. Although a ton of celebrities live in our community, we don’t generally frequent the same establishments so this sighting was a big deal. Being a “brat pack” fan in my youth, I was pretty giddy and wanted to get a picture of Rob with Rudy but was too shy to ask. Before I knew it, Max walked right up to him as he and his party left the restaurant, said “hi”, shook his hand and asked if he would come take a picture with his baby brother. No inhibitions…so confident! Rob Lowe couldn’t have been sweeter…he came right over, got down on Rudy’s level, gave us time for just the right shot and took interest in the big sibs too. Rob, if you google yourself and happen upon this post, THANK YOU for being so kind to our little superstar!! And thank you Max for going for it and making things happen!