omg dad bought the wrong milk, end of the world
Shingle Springs, California
September 8, 2008 12:22pm CST
My son has autism and he's kind of funny about some things. Saturday night he drank the last of the milk so his dad said he'd get up Sunday and go and get him some milk. Well Dad bought the wrong milk! End of the world! He bought reduced fat milk instead of fat free. Cary was inconsolable. So I told him, "Cary this is the same kind of milk you drink when you go to McDonald's". "No mom, that's low fat milk, this is reduced fat." "Cary, it's the same thing." Arguing with a brick wall. So when I went grocery shopping later that day, Cary went with me and made sure that I got the right milk. And then we went home and he told me to throw out all the milk that his dad bought. "No, Cary, sorry, we have to drink that milk. We spent money on it." End of the world again. And then came dinner, which was leftovers. The kids got re-heated macaroni and cheese and corn on the cob. So Naomi starts up, "Mom the macaroni tastes dry." Dearra says, "oh quit being a baby, it's fine." Cary hears that and immediately doesn't like the macaroni and cheese either. He cried and whined all through dinner. I attribute it to the milk. Dad bought the wrong milk and that just ruined the entire day! :-)
• United States
8 Sep 08
Seems like Cary wanted what Cary wanted, and nothing you said could have changed his mind. Unfortunately men sometimes seems to forget what they normally use when they do the shopping. I can almost bet my husband would have done the same thing and brought home the wrong milk. Hopefully, Cary was in a better mood the next day, and you won't have an entire day ruined.
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• United States
9 Sep 08
Your story reflects a great sense of humor -- what a great attribute for life! We have some nice research from the late 1980s on family dinner time. The average number of arguments per dinner hour was 3.3 and that was assumed to be generalizable from the small sample to the "typical" American family. (Of course, getting reliable stats on such items is very tough. That's why we have to accept the research that is conducted and assume it has validity.) I like the extra finding from this research: most of the arguments were started by the parents. Now, as to whether we would find the same results today, 20 years later, I cannot say. But our current research on families does suggest that it might be harder to locate families sharing dinner together! I'm not a decline theorist (who would claim that the family is in decline), but I do think the dinner time issue is pertinent, especially for families with children.
• Garden Grove, California
8 Sep 08
hi dawnald you know its not just little autistic kids that do that sometimes we adults who know better also let a goof spoil a whole otherwise great day. I think autistic people get hung up on words and you c annot convince them that two different words can mean the same thing. thats a shame poor kids.then two the older kids sometimes trigger something with an autistic child too. I hope you have a better day tomorrow. lol.