In my previous blog, I shared with you some of the difficulties Aaron had as we went to Texas to see our other children. Kyle and Andrea live just east of Houston, and our son Andrew was going to be in town there for an NHRA race – he works for one of the teams.
Aaron loves talking to his siblings on the phone. He could go on for hours, literally, talking about all his interests. But suddenly the idea of actually being with them was not so appealing. It’s the traveling and leaving his comfort zone that he simply cannot handle.
We all know Aaron very well and have come to expect his anger when his world is upended. During Christmas, we refer to Aaron’s Annual Christmas Meltdown as we know it will inevitably occur. So on this week of vacation and visiting, we were fully expecting Aaron’s Annual Vacation Meltdown.
We started our week off in a safe mode, doing something Aaron loves – shopping! He was happy to go to Sam’s with me and Andrea, carting home extra goodies that he chose. He was more relaxed and happy that day, until we told him that the next day we were going to the Aquarium Pyramid in Galveston.
His discomfort level rose as he contemplated tackling one more unfamiliar place. But when we showed him a video of some of the displays there, his interest overcame his doubt. And oh my goodness, what a day we had!
The building itself is beautiful:
And once inside, Aaron was beside himself excited! He loved every single minute. Everyone nearby heard and saw his joy as he laughed and pointed and talked up a storm. The day was truly delightful. Here are some pictures.
Near the entrance, with Gary and Andrea:
He LOVED the penguins: 🙂 🙂
The tunnel was amazing:
He got to pet the Manta Rays, but the first time he bent over in a deeper area he started to fall in the water! He would have totally fallen in had Gary and I not grabbed him. His soaking wet shirt and shorts didn’t bother him in the least. We went up to a safer place and he carried on while Gary and I held on…to HIM!
A visit to the gift shop ended with us buying Aaron a stuffed penguin he wanted. On the way out of the aquarium, we passed one more penguin display, where Aaron showed the live penguins his stuffed penguin. The reaction of the one of the penguins, and of Aaron, was priceless.
We ate lunch at Jimmy’s On The Pier. It was very windy outside but so beautiful!
What a very fun and wonderful day for all of us, full of happy memories! I’ll share more in my next Texas blog. Thanks for reading!