This past Thursday, Aaron went to the mall with his group. He loves mall days because he loves the food court or Auntie Anne’s Pretzels or Dairy Queen……….it’s his Thursday food fest. On this particular mall trip he was proud to tell me that instead of making his lunch a super duper extra large Triple Chocolate Blast Sundae, he instead chose to eat a sub at Subway. I praised him for that decision and then asked him what kind of bread he decided to order. He answered, “Normal!” This means Italian. It’s scary that I know this.
Anyway, in addition to all the food he adores, he also loves all the fascinating sights and sounds of the mall. Remember the day he couldn’t wait to tell me about the very unique sight of a mannequin, wearing……..well, in Aaron’s words: “Mom!! I saw a statue wearing BRAS!!!” I didn’t even bother to ask him just how many bras she was wearing. Some things are better to just leave alone.
So on this past Thursday, Aaron rushed in the door and hurried to find me downstairs so he could tell me about his latest mall experience. Let me preface this by saying that Aaron has a great interest in nuns. Yes, nuns. Maybe it’s because one of his very favorite movies is The Sound of Music. Maybe it’s because of the habits that they wear, which are very foreign to Aaron’s world………..so therefore merit his full attention. And when something merits Aaron’s full attention, watch out. He will stare, he might point, and he will most definitely comment – sooner or later. We often hope it’s later but it’s usually sooner.
Anyway, here is Aaron’s story: “Mom! Guess what Cody saw me looking at? A NUN!!!”
So you saw a nun, Aaron? Where were you?
I was fighting fear at this point, wondering what had transpired.
“We were eating and I saw a nun! She had on those loooooong clothes that go like this!” And he proceeded to make hand motions from his head down to his feet, describing what this nun was wearing. This in itself is hilarious. He continued: “Cody told me to quit staring at her.”
Well, Aaron, we always tell you not to stare. Were you pointing at her?
“No, I was just looking at her. And you know what, Mom? It was a WOMAN!!!”
Good grief, Aaron! Yes, SHE is a woman………SHE is not an IT!!
But this was not all that Aaron had to say about this nun. “Mom, I didn’t know they were in the United States! I thought they were in another place outside the United States, like China!!! So they’re allowed in the United States?”
China. Why on earth does Aaron think that nuns are in China? He couldn’t tell me and I really have no clue………unless he’s heard that nearly everything “American” is actually made in China. I don’t know. I will be on the lookout now for Chinese nuns because this has made me curious. Chinese nuns that are allowed in the United States, actually.
I do hope that if Aaron made comments about this nun (who is a woman, possibly from China but somehow allowed in the United States!)………..well, I hope that his comments were made quietly. Aaron doesn’t do quietly very well, though. This poor nun may be wondering about Aaron’s stares and about his surprise that she’s a woman and about the Chinese connection.
And I would like to tell this woman nun not to worry – that we are often left wondering, too.