I wanted to quickly share with you another sweet Aaron moment from today.
I wrote yesterday about Aaron’s sad day on Tuesday, but how that episode confirmed to him that he truly does have wonderful friends at his day group. Here’s the link to that blog – I’ll Be Your Friend
He not only gave Natalie a card yesterday, but he also filled a baggie full of Cheez-Its for her, which he happily carried with him to Paradigm that morning. I’m sure he was all smiles as he handed that baggie to Natalie.
But he also has another friend there, one who is on a very restricted diet. Aaron has often felt sorry for her and has wished that he could give her some of the snacks that he takes to share with others.
When Aaron took his baggie stuffed with Cheez-Its yesterday, he asked Barb if he could give some to his friend, H. But Barb said that he couldn’t due to her strict diet. But, Barb added, H. could probably have four or five of those crackers.
And so today, before we left for his day group, this is what Aaron did.
Five Cheez-Its, just for H. to enjoy all by herself. To me, this is a picture of simple kindness. I love that beneath all the complex layers of Aaron’s personality and of his autism, he has a heart that loves to give to others.
Gary and I have talked occasionally over the years about how, when Aaron was young and we lived in Germany, we met with a professional. This man talked to us about Aaron. We were pretty offended by some of the things he said…things about how Aaron would probably never go to college, get a big job, yada yada yada.
So O.K. Aaron hasn’t been able to do many of the things that his peers have done. But today, Aaron put five Cheez-Its in a little baggie for his friend, because she can only have five. He didn’t find a cure for cancer…or put a man on Mars…or finish his fourth doctorate.
But he made his friend, H., very happy.
And my mother’s heart is as proud of him as a mother’s heart can be.
3 thoughts on “I’ll Be Your Friend, Part 2”
Patty, I work with Gary. We were talking and he told me about your blog. I’ve just started reading but LOVED this about Aaron and his friend, the card and CheezIts!!!!
Thank you, Marietta! I hope you enjoy reading as much as I enjoy sharing our Aaron!
Someimes we want to aim too high in the world, and we forget that it is the daily interactions we have that actually define us. Aaron sounds like he has grown into a wonderful kind young man. We do not focus enough on the kind.