Monday, March 29, 2010

Breakfast In Bed (kinda)

I have a very structured schedule. Not just for AJ, but for cleaning the house, and doing the laundry. If I get off the schedule, no one is happy, because nothing is done. I have the schedule posted. It makes AJ happy to know when his laundry is being done, and what level I’m cleaning (we have a 3-story house - AJ calls them “levels“).

Sometimes I get behind in my schedule, and I have to make up time. Last week I had one of those days, and I had everyone’s laundry piled up. I was trying to catch up while AJ was eating breakfast, and before school and the rest of the day got into full swing.

A:J: “Mama, you have to come downstairs!”

Uh-oh. I had heard some banging around down there, but AJ is usually pretty noisy when he makes his breakfast (yep, he makes his own breakfast, and usually his own lunch!)

Me: (really trying to sound calm) “What’s up, buddy?”

AJ: “Close your eyes, and I’ll lead you downstairs!”

Hmmm….this is getting suspicious…

AJ: “Come on Mama, I don’t have all day!!”

Me: “OK, lead me down.”

AJ: “Open your eyes!!”

There, sitting in front of me is a perfectly set table, with my favorite breakfast on it!! He made me breakfast - by himself.

Me: “Honey - that’s awesome!! Why did you make me breakfast??”

AJ: “Well, I noticed you were really busy with laundry, and I figured you could use a break.”

What 9-year old does that??

And that was the best breakfast. Ever.


Ivy said...

That is the sweetest thing I've heard in a long long time.

Autism and family said...

Yeah. I try to remember things like this when we are having really bad days. Sadly, today is one of those. Breathe!!!

Anonymous said...

What a sweetheart! And kudos to you, Mom, for ensuring that he's so independent for breakfast and lunch. :)

I agree, it's moments like these when you see the sun break through. I hope today grew better.