Today was the first day back to school after the March break. And it was also the first day that I could relax without having to worry about entertaining a 7 year old with Asperger's. It was also Jacob's first day back after being away from school during the week before the break. He's actually had 2 full weeks away from school, so it was difficult to predict how his day would go. Luckily it turned out to be not so bad. Jacob had a little bit of homework from this morning, but none from the afternoon, which is great with all things considered.
The only home work that Jacob had was, that he had to write in his journal, about something he did on the March break and then draw a picture. Sounded simple enough right? We thought that Jacob might write about his trip to the art gallery or maybe 1 of the 10 trips downtown. But no, Jacob decided to write about a milkshake he had at Grandma's house. What a laugh. I remember having milkshakes when I lived at home and believe me, they were thick. Jacob carefully described to us what was in the milkshake.
Jacob: "First you put in ice cream, then milk, then a banana, then some chocolate syrup and last an egg."
Dad: "Did you drink it?"
We were in shock. I can't believe that Jacob drank something with a raw egg in it. He never eats eggs and I mean never. He'd sooner go on a hunger strike than eat scrambled eggs. We thought that finally Jacob's food choices might expand. And that he might start eating more than just peanut butter sandwiches. So I asked him;
Dad: "Jacob, are you going to start eating eggs?"
Jacob: "Only when they're in chocolate milkshakes."
Sigh. I don't think I can handle making a milkshake on a daily basis. Nor do I think it would be good for Jacob to have a chocolate milkshake every day. I used to have those things all the time, which probably somehow contributed to me being allergic to bananas as an adult. Yeah it sucks. The really funny thing is, that after Jacob drank the milkshake he had to lie down because his belly was so full. It was probably his body going into shock from all the vitamins he'd just consumed. He was telling us how good they were as he laid there half ill. What can you do though? Raising a child with Asperger's is difficult enough and sometimes you have to pick your battles. So a milkshake for breakfast it is. I'm just kidding, I couldn't do that to the school.
Just the sight of bananas makes me ill. Ugh.
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"It seems that for success in science and art, a dash of autism is essential." Dr Hans Asperger 1906-1980