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 . 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 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