Big D little D what begins with D?
Donuts and a Duck Dog D-D-D.
- Dr. Seuss
When we remember we are all mad,
the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.
- Mark Twain
There was a time in the earliest portion of our Autism journey where the Little Man never requested anything. Never. As we went through the Early Intervention process, I remember my wife saying that one of the things she wanted so badly was to be in a toy store and have the Little Man ask for a toy – just like his big brother. It took a long time for us to get to that point. [N.B. Given his current passionate requests, I think my wife has since come to reconsider that wish J]. But in the early days, simple requests were big, tears of joy inducing, deals.
Did you ever hear a child say something wrong, and it was just too cute to correct? Something that was just so endearing, you actually started using that wrong word?
As I mentioned before, our Little Man is a letter-aholic. So, naturally we have books and books and books about letters. One of our old favorites is Dr. Seuss’ An Amazing Alphabet Book. Say it with me: “Big A Little A, what beings with A? Aunt Annie’s Alligator, A-A-A.”
So, one day early on I take the Little Man and his older brother out for the morning and do the Dad-is-my hero type of thing: Treats from Dunkin' Donuts! Glazed for the Little Man, strawberry frosted for the slow eating eldest. A few minutes later, after the glazed was devoured, I hear the Little Man whining in the back of the car. "What's wrong," I asked, not really expecting a answer.
"Daddy, I want Pink Duck Dog, please." He was eyeing up the circle of pink-frosted goodness being held by his brother.
Right out of Dr. Seuss. It was so unexpected, so perfect, so beautiful. I actually went back to get him one too. To this day, we still call the strawberry frosted doughnut the Pink Duckdog!