A Letter To My Son w/ Severe Autism: Can you try these 4 new foods? PLEASE! :)
June 4, 2012
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June 4, 2012
I know you’re not a huge fan of eating as it is. I get it. Eating is just not your thing.
But you’ve lost 10% of your body weight once before and Mommy worked her ass off putting those pounds back on.
So now that we’ve got you back to your 7 year old weight it’s time to move up. Your 9 years old now buddy and in the 25th percentile for weight at your age.
But that’s not what this letter is truly about. This letter is to tell you how much easier you’ll make mommy & daddy’s lives if you add 3, ok maybe 4 new foods to your repertoire.
You know how much easier our lives would be if you liked pizza? Pizza is served at EVERY kids birthday party and you see most of the other kids happily munching on it. Why not give it a try?
Also pizza is part of the fabric of your extended family. Saturday night pizza nights after church are a long standing tradition on daddy’s side of the family (even though daddy stopped going to church a LONG time ago).
And you know on mommys side of the family that your Uncle Joe makes delicious homemade pizza and they have pizza nights at their house about 5-6x a year. Mommy and daddy are tired of carrying popcorn & hot dogs to the pizza nights!
2) BUNS & ROLLS
I know your receptive language isn’t great but you must be able to pick up how much your “Peepa” (mommy’s daddy) LOVES having buns and rolls at his house on 5-6 Sunday mornings a year! Mother’s Day, Fathers Day, etc he gets so excited about having his whole family over for jelly donuts, fresh bakery rolls, danishes, etc and he’s always asking “Buns & rolls, Sunday at 10am. What does Kyle like?” I would LOVE to one day say “get Kyle a jelly donut and a crumb bun. He loves those”. It would make Peepa (and mom & dad) SO happy to see you dive in and eat a jelly donut with gusto.
3) PASTA / MACARONI
You’re getting a lot better about this. You’ve been ok with the Mac & cheese once in awhile but it’s hit or miss. But your mommy and your “Meema” and your grandma are all great Italian cooks and they all make awesome marinara sauce and gravy and they would LOVE to see you elbow deep in a bowl of pasta with tomato sauce all
over your face.
4) CHINESE FOOD
Ok, this one is for to make daddy happy. Mommy doesn’t like Chinese food all that much, but it is part of the fabric of daddy’s side of the family. It is somewhat of a family tradition… Daddy grew up with Sunday afternoon dinners at a Chinese restaraunt about twice a month. And your grandma is always inviting us to go and we usually say no.
Remember we went a few weeks back? You were pretty good buddy and you ate those crispy soup noodles with gusto, but Mommy & daddy still had to bring cheerios & popcorn to supplement your meal.
It would mean so much to daddy and grandma to see you eat some sesame chicken and fried rice!
That’s it buddy! If you could add those 4 new foods to your repertoire you’d make mommy and daddy SO happy and make our lives SO much easier!
So what do you say? We wouldnt even care if you used utensils or sat at the table. Just wander around the house or bd party or restaraunt eating one of these new foods is all we ask.
So, whataya think?
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).