Gary and I spent this Labor Day afternoon with Aaron at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. What a beautiful day to stroll through this wonderful park and enjoy the animals, close-up and personal. Aaron loves being allowed to touch and pet the animals. Here are a few pictures of our pleasant day.
Aaron has never shown any interest in sports at all, so it surprised us last year when he wanted to watch football with us. It’s been interesting, to say the least, to try to explain the rules to him and to hear his take on all that he sees and hears as he watches the games. Here are examples of some of his comments:
“So who are you voting for in this game?”
“Why are those men wearing those striped suits?”
“Those referees look like they’ve been in jail.”
“Those cheerleaders are weird.”
“Those people who are yelling are crazy.”
“Why do some of those football players have long hair?”
“Those referees move their hands funny.”
“Why did those people paint their bodies?”
And so we now watch football through Aaron’s eyes and it’s really quite entertaining. Especially the part about the referees being in jail – but I’ll stop there.
Aaron is very precise. Here is a conversation we had this morning when I asked him, “Aaron, what time did you go to sleep last night?” He answered, “Well, I started reading at 10:20 and then I leaned my head back against the wall and went to sleep. I woke up at 11:24!” He has a running list where he keeps a record of the time he turns his light off and the time he wakes up. He writes those times down every single day without fail!
If he says he went to sleep at 11:03 and I say, “So you went to sleep around 11:00?”, he responds, “No! I went to sleep at 11:03!” Aaron’s world is orderly and precise – at least in his head and on his lists. Don’t look at the piles on top of his bookcase!
Aaron was very excited to tell us that he had been to the deli on one of his shopping trips with his group. “Mom, I saw some chicken on that swirly thing that goes around!” Well, isn’t that a much more interesting way to describe how deli chicken is roasted? Saying that they put chicken on a spit is just a little disgusting! I like Aaron’s way of putting it a lot better! You scored another one, Aaron!