And In Another World...

You'd think that having Micah's Voice would make life so much easier for all of us, but you'd be thinking wrong.

Micah's Voice has taught me that the boy is messed up in the head. The boy asks for APPLESAUCE but really doesn't mean applesauce. When he asks for applesauce, he wants a pizza sandwich. I tried showing him how to find the PIZZA button on the box with words, but he's insistent that it's APPLESAUCE that he wants, even though he clearly doesn't want applesauce and is getting all the ingredients out for a pizza sandwich.

It eventually dawned on me that pizza sauce and applesauce are both in glass jars in the fridge, and in Micah's mind, APPLESAUCE covers the glass jar. The glass jar is a much-needed ingredient for pizza sandwiches. I can argue until I'm blue in the face, but I won't change his mind.

The other morning Micah asked for PIZZA. I was all kinds of impressed that he finally learned to ask for pizza when he wanted it, but then he went and popped my delusional bubble. PIZZA, in Micah's world, means nacho chips, because he got out the Ranch dressing. (What, you don't dip your nachos in Ranch?) So instead of Micah learning something, I'm the one struggling to keep up with new ideas. It's like he's reinventing language.

That morning, as the kids were off school on account of the inch-an-hour snow and Olympic-speed winds, Micah broke out of his usual requests for food to comment SEASON SUMMER. While I'd love to think that he's asking for warmer weather to find it's way into the Laurel Highlands, I'm thinking he's just commenting on the weather.

The question is, is the boy genius in his ability to remember what everything is in his opporite world that he's got going on, or is he just that confused by the world that he lives in? We may never know.

8 comments:

Shellie said...

Pretty inventive if you ask me, even though it means learning a new language...

Trisha said...

I am sure everything in Micah's world makes perfect sense - if only he could explain why! I vote for genius!

caramama said...

I'll bet it's all very logical--it's just his own logic. I definitely think he's brilliant. It's you who is going to have to keep up with him!

Karen Deborah said...

Karen you are really, really onto something lately. The first step is always assessment. Your observation skills are excellent. You notice patterns and you are piecing together the world your son lives in. Think about it, some people are created outside of the box. Like Temple Grandin so emphatically put it, "different NOT LESS." Temple saw the world visually in pictures and photographically, how amazing. You, like a good detective are picking up on the clues. Keep going, I am going to pray that God gives you the wisdom to figure this out. It is really exciting.

The Not Quite Writer said...

You're an amazing Mom, lady.

Fishsticks and Fireflies said...

I think Micah is on the right track in generalizing things . . . all glass jars are applesauce, all triangles are nacho chips, etc. Don't all kids start out this way (all older women are grandmothers, all men are dads, etc.)? No matter what, I am sure it all makes sense to him, and we are the ones who are doing it all wrong!

JennyH said...

Ha! But at least he's got you thinking!

Don't even try to show him any other way-- you will always loose!

HalfAsstic.com said...

The scary thing is... You may not be intelligent to catch on to what he is so diligently trying to teach you! ;-)