Before I share this Aaron episode, I must make a disclaimer:
1. Gary and I do not drink alcohol.
2. Neither does Aaron
3. Aaron tends to show extraordinary interest in those things that we do NOT
That being said, this particular event with Aaron took place as we traveled to West Virginia last week to see family. Gary stopped at a gas station/convenience store to fill up the van. Aaron asked if he could go in the store to use the restroom. I stayed outside to organize our mess inside the van and throw trash away. And so off Aaron lumbered (yes, he lumbers) and disappeared inside the store. Later, as we drove away down the interstate, Aaron shared his experience inside the store.
In his words (more or less): “Hey, when I came out of the bathroom I saw some drinks for sale. I thought they were the flavored water that I like so I stopped to read the sign. I couldn’t read all of it and so I had to stand like this.” He then demonstrated that he completely bent sideways at the waist in order to read the sign. He continued: “Then I saw this guy staring at me. Was he staring at me because I was bent over?” You know, Aaron, that’s very possible. And then, “After I finished reading it, it said Strawberry Rum. It wasn’t flavored water, Mom! But it was pink and I always knew rum to be orangeish.” And just how do you know that, Aaron? And in conclusion: “I didn’t know rum was still out. I thought beer was the most famous drink now.”
And so we had to discuss rum and beer and which is the most famous and the various colors. This fascinated him for quite some time. I’m sure that the guy inside the store was also fascinated for quite some time as to what he had just seen, and was left wondering if perhaps Aaron had already sampled some of the pink Strawberry Rum. You’re not alone, sir. Aaron often leaves us wondering about a lot of things, too!