I need your help! With a silly problem. It is not a serious problem, just one of those little embarassing ones that perhaps should not embarrass, because it is kind of funny. Here is the story:
Whenever I take N to the store, he finds the pop aisle and grabs a big pop bottle. Usually root beer, or Coke. He opens it and starts slugging. He carries it around with him in the store, his two hands and lips combining to keep it flowing. On the one hand, it keep him from whooping and shrieking and verbally attracting unwanted attention. It keeps him from snagging desireables from the shelves. However it does not quite pass for socially acceptable.
It happens all the time at the store. And I just don’t know how to explain it to him. How do I explain that we drink from the little bottles; but NOT the big ones? It just does not make sense. Clearly the big one is the one to have: bigger is better! Why NOT drink from the big bottle???
Almost equally inexplicable is the problem of “first pay money, then drink” It is very hard to explain to an autisic kid that the bottle of pop cannot be consumed until after we pass through the aisle with the chocolate bars and magazines. Then mommy must stick a green card in a machine ( that means “pay money”) and only then is it acceptable to drink it. What does the aisle, and the green card have to do with drinking pop?
We get those inquisitive and unwanted stares as he walks around the store, with his large bottle of pop. His habit of rocking his head back and forth with the bottle to his mouth, to create extra fizz, does not help. Scowls directed at me from other adult shoppers are not uncommon. Even very young children will stare at him, with that unspoken question on their faces – why is he doing that?.
Yes there is GUILT: pop is not good for you. What kind of mom am I? Here is my school aged son, copiously drinking it in large quantity before we have paid. Together we are a walking bad example to all.
Followers – if you have any suggestions to help me with this sticky and fizzy problem, I would be much obliged!!