Autism is not very well understood. Autistic children (and adults) seem withdrawn from the world and oblivious to their surroundings. A few can speak slightly but many have never uttered a single word in their entire lives. Yet surprisingly many seem to be able to communicate by typing words on a keyboard. Their spelling is not always good and their sentences are short and clipped, but at least they are able to communicate their wants and needs in a limited way. Adriana Rocha is such a child. She had spoken only four or five words in her life. So what her parents did not expect when they got her a keyboard and worked at teaching her to use it was that she would begin typing out the details of her previous incarnations. In fact it took a while for her mother to realize that this is what she was doing. Her mother kept trying to relate the things she typed her to her present life. But then Ardiana made it perfectly clear by typing to her mother that she was talking about when she had died "in history." She had been, she said, a Turkish sailor who died at the age of 85 in a fire. Her mom was in a state of shock! Adriana went on to say that she had choosen to be autistic because she was mad at herself. What to do with a piece of information like that? Mom and Adriana went on to write a book, A Child of Eternity by Adriana Rocha and Kristi Jorde. I'm only about halfway through the book but what a fascinating read! Yet another spontaneous childhood memory, but from an entirely unexpected direction.