Saria Smiles

Life with an Aspergers Child


April 2013

Wrapping paper

photo by The Scott on flickr

We were talking about wrapping Ava’s birthday presents when her mom mentioned using some pirate wrapping paper. Ava, who usually likes all things pink and feminine said, “I don’t care what wrapping paper you use. It’s all white on the inside.”

It seemed so deep on so many levels, and of course, super cute.


Sherlock Holmes fix

photo by John Lester

The cat has been hiding today, and Saria decided she was going to dress up as Sherlock Holmes to find him.

She has spent an hour looking all over the house for a brown plaid shirt, which no one in the house owns, but she needs for her costume.

She is freaking out, and refuses to settle on a different shirt or use a little more imagination to pretend that she’s wearing a brown plaid shirt. She is so fixated on exactly how her costume has to be, that she is never going to get around to actually doing the fun part of pretending to be Sherlock Holmes and look for the cat with her spy glass.

She is being super grumpy, as everything is annoying her now, since she can’t find exactly the right shirt. She’s been asking if she has enough allowance saved to buy a brown plaid shirt, which she probably wouldn’t be able to find the perfect one at the store, anyway, and that she would only wear once.

Saria just came into our room and said in a snotty voice, “Mom, I want my own credit card and pay my own taxes, to buy my own brown plaid shirt.”

Crime and punishment


Saria and I were talking about her and her sister needing to keep their toys upstairs when the babies come.

Saria asked me, “What will happen if we don’t keep our toys upstairs?”

I answered, “If I find them, they’ll go in the garbage. If the babies find them, they’ll choke and die.”

“Is that all? We won’t get in trouble?”, was Saria’s response.

April Fools

honey-nut-toasty-osWe didn’t actually have any pranks pulled at our house on April 1st. I’m not sure if it’s because the girls didn’t know that it was April Fools Day, or if it’s because they had never even heard of the holiday.

While watching some Disney channel, which the girls have been doing a lot lately while they’re home this week on spring break, Saria learned about the holiday.

Saria came up with a pretty good prank to pull on her sister by swapping the cereal bags inside of all of the cereal boxes. Her sister went to eat some Mom’s Best Honey NutToasty O’s®, and found some Sweetened
 inside instead.

Since then, Ava has been trying to come up with a prank to get Saria back.



Saria had her tonsils and adenoids removed last Friday in order to treat her mild sleep apnea. She’s been in pain, on a soft food diet, and her appetite has been low, so she’s been drinking a lot of meal replacement drinks.

Her throat has been feeling a lot better the past two days, but her ears are aching, which is normal due to referred pain caused by swelling.

Saria expects her pain medicine to remove the pain entirely, and instantly, after she takes it. As a result, she doesn’t believe us that it works and has been fighting us on taking it. Even though we’ve explained it to her over 20 times, she thinks it’s impossible that the LorTab is helping with her pain in any way. The possibility of it helping with her pain is as possible as her being a green alien, she said.

This morning, Saria had a milk chocolate flavored Carnation Instant Breakfast and then asked, “Mom, can I have a reincarnation?”

Saria’s mom was laughing too hard to answer. I though she was asking to be reincarnated again because of the pain, but she was just asking if she could have a second Carnation breakfast drink.

Lose these teeth

photo by Jason Gessner

Saria and I were talking about what she was going to do on her day off of school today, when she went off on a tangent saying, “I wish I’d lose these teeth”. She was pointing at her mouth.

I asked, “You mean your crooked teeth?”

“No, these ones,” she said, then opened her mouth and pointed back at her molars.

“Why, are those uncomfortable?” I asked

“No. I want more money from the tooth fairy. Some kids at school have lost like 10 teeth this year.”

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