Last week Aaron was extra grouchy every morning when it came time to get out of bed. Nothing I said or did made a difference. Nothing Gary said or did made a difference, either. So, it seemed we were stuck in perpetual morning grouchiness.
Believe me, Aaron can re-define what it means to display said grouchiness. Can he ever!
I have many AAAAAHHHHHH moments when he is on that level of refusal to get out of bed. Aaron can be very verbal, and not in a nice way, when he is tired and sleepy at the beginning of his day.
Therefore, I sometimes tell him that I am done and then I disengage. I don’t respond to his words or his demands, and I tell him that the decision about his day is his to make. He eventually settles down and all is well.
Last Thursday, our Meals on Wheels delivery day, saw Aaron once again very angry about getting out of bed. I quickly decided to get off that path, telling him that I would go without him and proceeding to get ready to leave.
Aaron could not bear that thought. As we drove to the senior center a while later, Aaron’s mood improved. His music made him happy as did the thought of eating lunch at a restaurant after our deliveries.
Aaron was very helpful and he enjoyed seeing our clients, as well as the various dogs and other animals that we have come to know.
“Mom, did I do good today?” he asked as we finished at our last house.
I assured him that he did just fine, and he smiled happily as he rubbed his hands together.
Soon we were at Jose Pepper’s being pampered by Emily, our server that we have come to know. She loves Aaron and is excellent with him.
We were munching on chips and salsa, along with a free espinaca, when Aaron’s salad arrived.
“OK,” Aaron said, “let’s pray.”
I love it when the praying part is his suggestion. I also love it when he agrees to ask the blessing, which he did on this day.
Now Aaron’s prayers are always two sentences, and they are always thanking God for things. He might say, “Thank You for the food and thank You that we got to go to Meals on Wheels.”
But on this day, as we bowed our heads, Aaron got completely off script in a very wonderful way.
“Dear Lord,” he said, “next time on Thursday will You help me do better about going to Meals on Wheels?”
I seriously cannot remember Aaron praying like that in a very very long time. Maybe ever. My heart was so touched and warmed by his simple yet heartfelt prayer.
Aaron does feel things much more deeply than we usually know. It’s hard for him to process his feelings and thoughts in a controlled way when he’s frustrated. Hard for him to let us know what it is he is feeling without hurting OUR feelings.
We enjoyed our lunch so much, even if Aaron wasn’t totally sure what he was eating.
“Mom? What’s this green stuff?!”
Being color blind makes Aaron’s life even MORE interesting…and ours as well.
Green food and a great prayer.
Thank you, Lord, for those blessings.