I see lots of people are putting up their Christmas trees and listening to Christmas music, and here I am just now finding a little time to write about Aaron’s Halloween. Story of my life. I’m usually a few days late and lots of dollars short! 😊
But I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share about Aaron’s very happy day, so here goes.
About a month before Halloween and based on his ongoing up-and-down obsession with everything Egyptian and King Tut and pharaohs, he decided to browse through Amazon where he found a pharaoh costume. We were easily talked into buying it and Aaron was over-the-moon excited at the thought of wearing it to his day group’s Halloween party.
The fact that Aaron would even wear this costume was a miracle. He doesn’t like how unusual clothes feel on his body or the attention he gets from others if he dresses differently, but for some reason he was totally pumped about this costume. Just look at him!
He did say he wanted people to bow to him so that might partly explain his enthusiasm. We quickly nipped that idea in the bud, however…and also refused to give him a staff to carry. Multiple scenes of forced homage played through our minds as we gave him a determined, “NO!”
Aaron was very excited about wearing his “uniform,” as he called it, on the morning of the party. I wondered what people thought as I drove down our city’s main highway with a pharaoh in the front seat…especially one that kept rubbing his hands and fingers together the way our Pharaoh does. 😊
Aaron was pretty nervous, though, as we parked at Paradigm. I had reminded him several times that everyone would love the costume and would make lots of comments, and that he needed to be nice. Aaron doesn’t like such attention even though he does plenty to deserve attention that has nothing to do with dressing as a Pharaoh.
Just as soon as we got out of the van, there was one of his staff in the parking lot.
“Aaron!” she exclaimed, “I LOVE your Pharaoh costume! You look awesome!!”
“Shut up,” he softly replied.
And there we go, I thought.
Another lecture from me and inside we went, with me more nervous about it all than Aaron at that point.
Aaron had said he only wanted to stay for a few minutes and then go back home with me. But once inside, as he heard everyone’s excited comments about his costume, he started to relax and enjoy himself.
He finally decided to stay for the party, so I eased out and drove home, fully expecting to soon get a call from him begging me to come pick him up. But that didn’t happen!
Instead, when I picked him up later that afternoon, several of his friends came running to the van. All of them said the same thing.
“Guess what?!” they said, “Aaron won first place in the costume contest!!!”
It was so touching! There they were, most of them in their own costumes, genuinely thrilled that Aaron had been the one to win first place.
If anyone wants to see some amazing examples of true friendship, come with me to Aaron’s day group and I can show you plenty.
Finally, Aaron made it to the van – a HUGE smile on his face.
“MOM!!” he almost yelled, “I won FIRST place, and I got THREE dollars!!!”
It may as well have been a million dollars. To him, it was!
And to me, there was no dollar amount that could be placed on the joy I felt to see him so happy, and to see his friends so happy FOR him.
But his happy day wasn’t quite over. I had to pick up a few things at the grocery store. I offered to take Aaron home to let him change first, but no, he wanted very much to go inside Dillon’s and show everyone his costume. I, on the other hand, was more than a little hesitant to go inside with Pharaoh Aaron. Regular Aaron attracts enough attention. Pharaoh Aaron…well, that puts the “Wow, look at him!!” stares I knew we would be getting on a whole new and very high level.
But hey, I’ve learned to just smile and enjoy the ride as much as possible so off we went. Pharaoh Aaron and I marched in the doors like it was just another day in ancient Egypt.
And yeah, we got plenty of looks. Aaron laughed and rubbed his hands together all the way through the store. He saw and talked to Jody first at customer service…then turned to see Harold at self-checkout bowing to him (absolutely perfect!!)…ran to the pharmacy where Marc and Greg and most of the staff laughed and where Marc talked to Pharaoh Aaron like always…then all the way across the store to the deli where Cassandra and Blake were appropriately impressed…
He did hear several people say, “Good job!” or “You look great!” But most of the time he was blissfully unaware of the many stares and huge smiles left in his wake.
But I was very aware, and so very happy that I had decided to let Pharaoh Aaron go with me into the store. I imagine he brightened the day for lots of people.
And for those who just stared at him as if he had landed on earth from Mars…silly people.
I should turn Aaron loose on those people. He could most definitely educate them on both Mars AND Pharaohs.
There are no Pharaohs on Mars!
But we sure enjoyed our day here in Kansas with Pharaoh Aaron!