Yesterday was Super Bowl Sunday, a day which does not impress Aaron in the least. He doesn’t care one bit about sports on most days, and certainly he does not see anything at all super about the Super Bowl. Even the food I made didn’t greatly impress him. Gary made some awesome special hamburgers on the grill, but Aaron just ate one of the regular burgers with a little ketchup smeared on it. He didn’t care at all about the cake I made but instead munched on some Rice Krispie treats from the day before.
He was pretty grouchy just before supper because he felt like Gary didn’t want to look at yet another clip from the War of the Worlds movie. He was right. Gary, nor I, had any desire at all to look at anything else related to War of the Worlds, but Aaron was very upset by that. So after supper, dear Gary went up to Aaron’s room and watched another short clip………and Aaron was happy.
Gary and I settled in to watch the game. It wasn’t too long before Aaron bounded into the room, asking his usual questions. What teams are playing? Which one are you voting for? What color are they wearing? It looks red to me, not orange, he said. So are you voting for the team that has a zero for their score?
That’s about enough, Aaron.
I offered to tickle Aaron’s back, so he got the back scratcher tickler………and his animal print blanket that must always go over his legs……….and his bag of peanuts……….and his bowl for the peanut shells. He sat on the ottoman near me and I began tickling his back, which he loves, as he watched the Super Bowl, which he doesn’t love.
I kept having to remind Aaron that this tickling of his back was not another opportunity for him to talk incessantly about War of the Worlds. This was our time to watch football and to listen to all the commercials, neither of which interested Aaron in the least. Yet he was watching the game. Aaron is always observing, whether he particularly enjoys the said activity or not.
His first astute observation didn’t take too long in coming. “Mom, I think you and Dad should vote for Seattle.”
Yes, we knew that he was watching the game and that he was keeping track of the score.
He wondered why the players were yelling, and what were they yelling, and were they mad.
He observed that lots of football players have long hair.
But the best question by far: “How come football players look like they’re wearing a pacifier?”
At least he gave Gary and me something to laugh about as we watched the team we were voting for miserably lose. Aaron thought that it was pretty funny that the team we voted for lost the game. He has no team loyalty and no interest in that fact that we do. It’s black and white to him. We voted for the Broncos. The Broncos lost. We voted for the wrong team. Period.
I would say that this Super Bowl business has given us a slight reprieve from all the War of the Worlds talk. Very slight, but still a small break nonetheless.
Shortly after he came down to the kitchen this morning, I heard his low chuckle. I asked him what was funny, and he answered, “I’m laughing at your Super Bowl because your team only got eight points.”
See what I mean? He has no sensitivity concerning team loyalty and team disappointment. It’s a good thing that Gary and I don’t take all this football Super Bowl stuff very seriously.
And Aaron continued. “You should have obeyed me and voted for that other team.”
But Aaron wasn’t quite done for the day. At supper, Aaron once again laughed and then told us about one of the staff at his day group. “Andrew voted for Seattle and they won. I told him that my mom and dad voted for the Broncos. You all should have voted for Seattle!”
OK, Aaron. Well, let’s talk about something else.
Have you seen any good alien movies lately?