The self-checkout at our nearby Dillon’s grocery store plays music when it’s time to take your receipt. Only about four notes play over and over until you get your receipt. It’s just another automated reminder and no big deal.
Unless you’re Aaron!
Aaron is absolutely fascinated by the little electronic jingle. Most of us would barely notice it or would brush it off as annoying.
Again, not Aaron!
Every time Aaron and I go through the self-checkout line, he leans way over the scanner when he knows that I’m done. He wants to clearly hear the music.
I took a picture of him a couple weeks ago as he listened to the notes.
There he was, a grown man with his long flowing sweater on, leaning way over the scanner.
He did not care one bit about how he looked.
He did not care one bit about who thought what.
Here is something I have learned in our life with Aaron. I have learned that it’s best if I also do not care one bit about how he looked.
And it’s best if I do not care one bit about who thought what.
Aaron doesn’t just march to the beat of a different drummer. He marches to the beat of a whole different symphony!
He will stop to listen and observe and comment about things that most of us don’t even see.
He takes the time to listen to the music of life around him in ways that most people do not.
So when he leaned over the scanner this last time, instead of being embarrassed and looking around to see who was staring at us, I just laughed and joined in the fun. I didn’t grab my receipt right away so that the music would play a little longer and Aaron could totally enjoy it.
And you know what?
I totally enjoyed it, too.
Looking at the world…and listening to the world…with Aaron, in his way, really is such beautiful music.
At least it is most of the time. 😊 😊