We never know how Aaron is going to react when we tell him it’s time to get off the computer at night. Sometimes he’s fine, sometimes he’s slow, and sometimes he’s grouchy………….very grouchy………….or very, very grouchy. Aaron is no fun when he’s grouchy. He’s really annoying when he’s very grouchy. And he’s nearly intolerable when he’s very, very grouchy. Like he said one night when he got off the computer without a fuss, “Was it good that I’m good enough?” Oh yes, Aaron, it’s very good when you’re good enough!
It took him awhile to finally finish his game and get off the computer on Saturday night. However, he was in a funny mood and not at all grouchy, so we were very relieved. This was one of those nights when he kept thumping back up the hall to our room to talk to us. First it was to talk about his game that he was playing and what some of the characters are named. “Mom, the girl’s name on that game is Jan. Is that a real word for a person?”
Well, yes, Aaron………..Jan is a real word for a person. He asked, “Do you know a Jan?”
Aaron, my sister – your Aunt Jan – is named Jan. “Oh yeah!” he replied. “I didn’t think of that!” Sorry, Jan.
Then he continued. “The guy’s name is Kyle. Is Kyle a real word for a person?” I told him that it was also a real word, a real name, for a person. “Do you know a Kyle?” he asked.
So I told him of some Kyles that we know, and he was satisfied that these were truly real words for real people. You never know what Aaron will come up with, honestly.
Then he wanted me to come to his room to help him straighten the covers on his bed. I was getting tired, so I gave the top covers a quick pull and a quick tug………..but oh no, that was not enough for Aaron. “No, Mom! Will you help me with the other kind of stuff, too?” And he proceeded to pull back the covers that I had just smoothed in order to show me that the sheet needed some adjusting as well. Sigh.
OK, Aaron, let’s straighten the sheet and then the first cover and then the second cover and the pillow. All right, we’re done. Good night.
“Wait, Mom! Can you help me put my fuzzy blanket on?” Another sigh.
So I started to put his fuzzy blanket on top, until Aaron stopped me. “No, it goes this way, with the tag up here.” So I complied with the very particular way that Aaron wanted his fuzzy blanket placed on top of this other covers……………knowing that if I veered from his preferred method, I would be in there doing it all over again…………Aaron’s way. I have learned some things over the years.
As we worked, I once again stressed to Aaron that he did not need to wear his long pajamas, his long sleeved shirt, AND a sweater to bed………….underneath all those heavy covers. I knew that this conversation was probably futile, but I still wanted to try. In order to drive home my point, I said, “Aaron, I just wear my nightgown to bed and have less covers than you, and I’m fine.” With that, he began to chuckle, so I asked him what was funny.
“Your nightgown,” he replied. “My nightgown is funny?” I asked.
“Yeah,” he said. “It looks like underwear.”
Oh good grief! Here we go down this path again! Why did I open that door? I remembered when he went to his group and told them that his mom had come into his room in her underwear…………and it was just my very decent nightgown!! So as we finished smoothing his fuzzy blanket and as he was checking the tag placement, he got an ear full concerning the difference between decent nightgowns and underwear. Sheesh!
Aaron had one more thing to tell me as I walked up the hall and into the bedroom. It had to do with Bob Seger’s song, “Old Time Rock and Roll.” I know – what did that have to do with fuzzy blankets and nightgowns? Nothing. Except to Aaron, somehow and someway.
“Mom, the other day in the van Cody was playing that song that I like.”
What song was that, Aaron?
“You know, that “Old Timey Fashioned Rock and Roll!” he exclaimed.
I laughed and Aaron laughed………….although for different reasons, as is often the case. I didn’t correct him because I liked the ring of that new title. Old Timey Fashioned Rock and Roll just conjures up old men playing their old fashioned rock and roll to little old women in their wheel chairs at the nursing home.
I know. I was tired. Time for bed, Aaron. Take your sweater off!!!!