I heard Aaron through the baby monitor early this morning. He wasn’t having a seizure but instead was making the unmistakable sounds of getting out of bed for more than just a trip to the bathroom. When he turns his lamp on and moves his stuff out of his desk chair…his two back scratchers and his hand towel – always, always in his desk chair…then I know that he is getting up for the day.
UGH!!! I knew it was way, way too early for him to be awake for the day because I had just rolled over, unable to sleep myself, and saw that it was 4:00 a.m. I turned the monitor off, tried to sleep but couldn’t, and later just got up and began my day.
I was sitting at my quiet time desk, Bible and study book open, when in walked Aaron. Another UGH! And I don’t mean to sound mean. It’s just that Aaron will not leave me alone if he is up and about in the early morning. Without even looking at him, I said, “Aaron, do NOT come in here right now. It’s too early.”
So I turned my chair around and there stood Aaron, some videos in hand, slightly smiling. He looked very chipper and very fully awake, and very happy. Much happier than Mom. But I had to smile, too, at the cute look on his face.
“Mom, I got out of bed…” he began.
“Don’t even go there,” I said. “I know you were up at 4:00.”
“4:11,” he flatly replied.
I had to belly laugh at that. His precision is always so funny, even before 6:00 in the morning!
We talked and compromised, Aaron saying that he would go back to bed if I would make sure he was awake at 7:30 so that he could say goodbye to Dad before Gary left for work. Agreed.
I thought about yesterday when Aaron and I ran into Dillon’s before I took him to his day group. If possible, whenever we are in Dillon’s, Aaron always loves walking up to the fresh seafood and fish display. He loudly points out the shrimp, lobster, crab legs, and anything else he finds unusual and therefore very interesting.
But yesterday there was a surprise! Aaron was beyond excited to see two whole fish, Tilapia, laying there on ice.
“MOM!!! LOOK!!” he exclaimed as he pushed his way in front of a little family also standing there. “He’s ALL fish!!!”
How I love the way that Aaron expresses himself…well, most of the time!
Gary and I can truly say…He’s ALL Aaron!
Like taking him to Subway over the weekend for a sub. Subway and Great Clips are two places where, for some reason, his autism just shines. There in Subway he told the young girl waiting on us all about Dracula since he’s getting ready to watch the old, old Dracula movie. He asked her if she had seen the movie, did she know where Dracula lived, and how his voice “sounds like England.”
I kept re-directing him to think of his sub and not Dracula, so he told the girl that he wanted the bread with the black dots on it. I had told him the correct name since this bread is new to him, but he couldn’t remember that. She looked confused, I tried to interpret, but Aaron by then was already asking her if she could show him a picture. And on we went from there until finally we had the sub with black dots in hand and safely exited.
Later, as he ate his black dotted sub, I asked him if he liked that new bread.
“I like it!” he answered. “It tastes weird.”
That’s Aaron…ALL Aaron!
His take on food is so interesting and funny. Last night he was eating peanuts. He is often fascinated, over and over, by the outer skin he sometimes finds.
“I’m afraid to eat those outering parts of the peanuts,” he told me.
And orange juice pulp – “This orange juice looks like it has worms in it!”
There he goes…ALL Aaron!
Today describing his observation at Great Clips – “You know what I noticed they do to those women? They take them to that water place and put their HEAD in it!!”
All Aaron again!
I could go on and on sharing many insightful, funny, amazing, and embarrassing comments from Aaron. I have tons, trust me! So why do I share? To make you laugh? Cry? Scratch your head…like we often do?
It’s like this not-too-great picture I took of Aaron awhile back. We had just gotten home after I picked him up from his day group. Aaron LOVES to share with his friends, so on our drive home he was already asking about what goodies he could take the next day to share with Natalie, or Simone, or Heather, or….
He didn’t even take his coat off, but just sat down on the floor in front of the cabinet, pulled out the snack drawer, and went to work searching for his next treat to share.
In much the same way, I want to share with all of you what a unique young man our special Aaron is. There are so many varied parts to Aaron. Some parts I love to share, and others I may want to hide, but they all make up who our son is.
Autism is not the end of the world, honestly.
Instead, it can be the beginning of another world…a quite amazing journey.
And so I want to say to each of you –
“LOOK!! He’s ALL Aaron!”