Tonight Hayden and I read two of the Mo Willems books before bed. I love that he is branching out to read books with a story line, rather than just picture books for toddlers. I also love having a library so close, because I can pick out 10 books a week, and if he only likes 1, that's ok, because I didn't actually buy them. The ones that he wants to read over and over I can buy for him later. So, tonight we read "Can I play?" and "I'm going." Earlier today we read, "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus." In that last book, the pigeon comes up with lots of reasons why you should let him drive the bus, much like a kid asking for candy at the store. Things like, "my cousin drives a bus...I'll just steer...I have dreams, you know. I'll give you 5 bucks..." It's a cute story.
After we read our two books I gave Hayden a kiss, said goodnight, and got up to get in my own bed. He has been at Daddy's for two nights and wanted to know if the rule still stood. "Are you sleeping in my bed?" No, I'm going to sleep in my bed. "I thought you changed your mind." No, I like my bed, I'm going to sleep there. "Oh.
Keep in mind that Hayden has no real concept of money yet. If you handed him 5 bucks he wouldn't know what to do with it. A project for another day. But he did understand that the pigeon was trying to bribe the reader into letting him do something he wanted, and he applied it to his own situation. Wow!
I started cracking up laughing and said, "Hayden, you just made a joke!" He started laughing too, and said, "yeah. What's the big deal, it's just a bus? That's a joke, too."
Oh, Hayden. I spend every minute of my day working on rescuing you from Autism, and just when I feel like it's too much for me to handle, you go and make me realize that it's so worth it. You are a treasure. 5 bucks wouldn't even cut it. : )