Aaron is very excited about his birthday tomorrow. The celebration began today as Barb, one of his favorite staff at Paradigm, took him out to eat. Rosie went, too, so it was a very special pre-birthday lunch for Aaron with two of his very favorite people. He couldn’t wait to tell me all about it when he burst in the house after his day was over.
“Mom! Barb took Rosie and I out to lunch! We went to that Longhorn Steak House!”
How nice, Aaron! What did you get to eat?
“Well, I got a bacon hamburger and a normal salad.”
Sounds good! And what’s a normal salad?
“You know, just a salad with all that normal stuff. But I didn’t like those hard croutons so I gave them to Barb.”
He also told me about the French fries and then added, “Mom, after we ate, that employee…….is that what you’d call her?” I asked him if he meant the waitress and he continued, “Yeah, that waitress………Barb told her that it was my birthday and so she brought me a cake with ice cream and whipped cream that had chocolate and just one cherry on top!”
Wow, Aaron, that sounds so good! Did you eat it?
“Yeah, I ate it! And you know what? They sang Happy Birthday in a different way………in a cowboy way. That’s a cowboy restaurant!”
Whatever the cowboy way is for singing Happy Birthday, Aaron seemed to like it. He usually acts pretty uncomfortable with all that attention, but deep down he enjoys it. He records it in his brain and shares his picture images of it with us………usually over and over again.
To top off his wonderful Birthday Eve, our dear friends Dan and Wendy came over tonight with their special Elijah. They took Aaron out for ice cream at Braums, where he later told me that he got a hot fudge sundae. He is now officially more than stuffed! And he is very happy with the fun and the attention and the fresh ears that will listen to all of his stories, and laugh at his stories, and pay him such special attention.
Aaron is truly blessed on this Birthday Eve……..and so are we!