Meal #2

Aaron came home from his group yesterday and just as soon as I heard the door to the garage slam shut, I heard the familiar, “MOM!!”  If I’m nearby, like in the kitchen, he immediately begins telling me about his day.  “MOM!!  Guess what? Today……………”   and off he goes.  He doesn’t say hi, how are you………nothing.  Sometimes I’ll interrupt and say, “Well, hi Aaron!”  This never really gets his attention.  In mid-sentence he’ll mutter a quick hi but he doesn’t miss a beat with what he knows I’m just dying to hear about his day. 

 I was upstairs doing some ironing, so I heard him say, “MOM!!”   Thump, thump, thump as he walked around looking for me.  “MOM!!”   Thump, thump, thump.   “MOM!!!”   I’ve told him a million times (at least!) to not walk around yelling, “MOM!!” but to just find me and then tell me what he wants to say.  It’s a waste of my breath, though, and today was further proof of that.  “MOM!!”  So I just kept quiet and waited patiently while I ironed.  Soon he thumped up the steps and found me in the bedroom. 

Again, no hello, hi, or there you are!  “MOM!!  We went to the east mall today!  There were lots of people there!” 

Well, hello Aaron. 

I asked him if he had fun and what did he do at the east mall.  He said that he had a good time and then told me the most important thing that he did at the east mall……………..bought his lunch.  “Mom, I got some pizza for lunch!” 

Really?  He confirmed that it was good and when I asked what kind of pizza he got, he said that it was just cheese pizza.  After a pause, he said, “I wish I could have gotten a meal #2.”

When I asked him why he wanted a meal #2, he replied, “Because it’s a BIG circle kind, not just one piece!” 

Of course Aaron wants a big circle kind of pizza that costs $13 dollars, he told me, and has lots more than just one slice! 

I reminded him that his one slice of pizza, though, was a very big slice – right?  Yes, he said it was a big slice and then later when they stopped at Sonic he got a drink – water, he told me – and that his stomach was full. 

So, Aaron, your stomach is full but you still wish you had been able to get a meal #2. 

“Yeah”, he said.  “So what’s for supper?”  Uh………we’re having soup for supper, Aaron. 

“Well, I’m not hungry, Mom.  Can you imagine?” 

Honestly, Aaron, that is very hard for me to imagine…….but I bet if we were having a meal #2 he would suddenly have been very hungry!!

Author: Patty hesaidwhatks

I'm Patty and I write about our adult son who has Epilepsy and Autism, who still lives with my husband and me, and who is a package full of many surprises and joys and challenges and TALK! Lots of talking, which creates laughter and some other reactions as well. I also write about how God shows Himself to me in everyday life.

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