I had been telling Aaron for several days about the Super Moon that was coming. He was matter-of-fact about it, but not excited. Now if I had wanted to talk about Transformers 4…………there would have been great enthusiasm on his part. Not so much the Super Moon, though. You never know with Aaron.
Andrea was home for the night. After supper, she and I sat on the front porch and talked for a long time. It was nearly dark when we decided to go inside, but first we checked the sky for that Super Moon. There it was, peeking through the trees. It looked bright and large, and, well…….super! So we decided to hop in her car and drive down the road for a better view. And we also decided to let Aaron in on our plan and see if he wanted to go, too.
I went up to his bedroom, where he was immersed in a computer game. “Aaron, do you want to go on a drive with us? We’re going to see the Super Moon!”
“OK!” he answered. He always wants to go for a ride. He got on his socks and shoes, and climbed in the back of Andrea’s car. It didn’t take us long to see the unimpeded view of this beautiful moon. I exclaimed, “Hey, Aaron, look! There’s the Super Moon!”
“Uh-huh,” he said. That’s all? Just “uh-huh?”
We drove on down the road for about a mile, then pulled into a parking lot where we could sit for a minute and enjoy the gorgeous view. Andrea and I were both making comments about this pretty sight, but Aaron was very uninvolved and seemingly uninterested. On the other hand, I knew that if we said something about going to Sonic, then he would have been very alert and happy.
We drove on home, taking time to drive around our circle for one more view of this unique Super Moon. All the while, I was making comments about it’s beauty and it’s size and how special this was. When we got home, Aaron hopped out of the car and hurried back inside the house and up to his room. Gary, Andrea, and I stood out in the driveway enjoying the moon as it rose higher in the night sky. Honestly, it looked like a pretty normal full moon to us at this point, but it still was so pretty and we were happy to have a clear sky so that we could enjoy it. But not Aaron. He was done.
We’ve learned over the years that sometimes Aaron doesn’t show great interest in or enthusiasm for some of the events we plan or the things we show him. It can be a little disappointing to us, but we know Aaron and we know that his flat voice and seeming disinterest is just a part of who he is. Only a couple of days earlier, he had been thrilled to find the toad outside. But tonight, it seemed that the Super Moon was a let down.
It wasn’t long, however, before he came charging into the kitchen and exclaimed, “Mom! That Super Moon was neat!”
Really, Aaron? You liked the Super Moon?
“Yeah! And I think the sun was behind the moon.”
So why do you think the sun was behind the moon?
“Well, it was bright and the moon was green!”
Green. The moon was green.
We talked about why the sun wasn’t behind the moon, but I didn’t want to damper his enthusiasm by saying much about the green moon. I have no idea why he thought the moon was green. But Aaron was now very excited about the Super Moon, maybe because it looked green to him. Who knows?
Aaron is always processing what he sees and what he hears and what he experiences. He takes mental pictures and then likes to recount what he has seen or done or tasted or read or…….. His brain is never still and he is rarely without an opinion or an observation. Even when he shows a flat affect to something, he may later talk and talk about it……..surprisingly so, at times. Maybe he can’t express himself quite like we do, but he has recorded so much in that brain of his! Always measuring and calculating and wondering and reasoning.
So now he has recorded his night of seeing the Super Moon………..the neat Super Moon……….the neat GREEN Super Moon!