Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Autism Army Mom Is Perfect in Every Way. And Some Other Junk About Audrey.

Today I am letting my travel companion on our wonderful vacation have her say.  She is saying nice things about me, so pay attention.  No phoning it in people.  Take it away Aimee!

I wish I could give you some more dirt on Lynn.  Really, that would be fun since her “I told you so dance” is far more flamboyant than our flight attendant’s comedy routine.  But I didn’t even actually witness Lynn’s encounter with the Disney Police.  Damn! The ONE thing I said I wanted to see at Disney this time!  But I will say that when I returned from watching the parade -- from within the designated guest area on the correct side of the rope -- Lynn’s expression was the same one that my dog gets after she’s puked on the Oriental rug.  And that is all that I know about that topic.
So you may or may not be surprised to know that Lynn is very easy to travel with.  No….dare I say, delightful to travel with.  What?  It’s true.
And Audrey?  Well Audrey and I bonded during this vacation. Yes, maybe the bond was originally based on the idea that I tell Grace Anne what to do and that is Audrey’s favorite kind of humor, but it has become so much more.  So Audrey loves me and I adore her and, as you may have guessed, we were cracking each other up the entire trip.  But one conversation she had with my mom cracked me up and stunned me at the same time.
My folks have 9 grandkids that they are away from for all of the winter months.  So my mom (the grandkids call her Me Maw) realized that she only had about 4 days (most of which we were at the parks) to soak in Grace Anne and get in good with Grace Anne’s BFF, Audrey.  Mom actually knows a lot about autism, but in her haste to beat the clock and win Audrey over before we had to leave she thought it would be a good idea to ask Audrey two open ended questions…....????? IN A ROW?!
My Mom: “How was your day at Magic Kingdom Sweetie?  What was your favorite part?”
Audrey: (pauses--looks at Lynn) “I can handle it when the lady asks questions.  I will try not to get mad.”
Then something strange happened.  My mom completely understood Audrey’s “subtle” cues and backed off.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?  That is all it takes to avoid my mom’s questions?!  40 years of bobbing and weaving and flat out lying, but Audrey’s in the clear just by scripting “I CAN HANDLE THE LADY???” Unbelievable. These kids really do teach us something new every day. The next day their conversation was even better….
My Mom: “Good morning Audrey.”
Audrey: “Hi Me Maw. I like Aimee better.”
I love Audrey J

17 comments:

  1. Isn't it funny how kids just stop you dead in your tracks. My Aspie son does this to me several times a week.

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  2. Man, Aimee is quite a good friend! I'm thinking Lynn thought up the title to the post and may have performed an edit or two... just sayin'. Only because Lynn has chastised Aimee about her feet so much that I'm just a tad skeptical of the perfect travel companion part.

    Aimee and Audrey have a very special relationship as described so sweetly here! You guys are so lucky to have the mommy friendship AND the Grace Ann and Audrey friendship!

    Even after the riveting stories on Blog Radio yesterday, I still want to hear more! (Btw, loved the hour long format! Did not want to pause or leave my seat for the whole hour - and it went by really fast! Too much talent there!)

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  3. Audrey rocks. Next time my mom is nagging me about my weight or why I don't call her enough, I'm going to turn to my wife and say, "I can handle it when the lady asks me questions. I will try not to get mad."

    Btw, didn't you meet up with some other spectacular people on this journey?

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  4. Ok! I want to borrow Audrey and Griffin to tag team my mother-in-law!!!

    PLEASE!!!!!

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  5. Ok! I want to borrow Audrey and Griffin to tag team my mother-in-law!!!

    PLEASE!!!!!

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  6. Ok, that needs to be my new mantra...thanks Audrey!!!

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  7. We want more Aimeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

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  8. im going to try that on my mum. :)

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  9. So few people get it. It's so nice to see when someone does. :)

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  10. Aimee--I love it! And thank you Audrey, I have a new phrase to try!

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  11. Thank you for giving me a new phrase to try out on my mom when she gives me the third degree! Aimee, please do another post!

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  12. Me Maws are always older and wiser.

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  13. @bigdaddyautism Oh yes we did! And I would love to tell you about in a guest post! It will likely be called "How 3 Autism families glided together through Disney on a proverbial Magic Carpet."

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  14. Good one, Audrey! I'm going to use that on people from now on... And I enjoyed very much hearing from Aimee...who has an awesome name even if she does spell it wrong.

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  15. Wow, I bet you're going to pay Lynn to take Audrey with you the next time you visit your mom! LOL

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  16. One of my favorite things about our kids with Autism is their honesty. They are so real and get no social cues that they even repeat the rules of social engagements they are taught while trying to adhere. That sentence makes no sense, but I know what I meant and that's all that matters.

    Loved reading Aimee's recaps. Good to get her perspective on things!

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