Early morning. Rock is up at 5:30. I am delirious. So what do delirious people do? They get on Facebook. My newsfeed has blown up with some controversy about Chickfila. Recently a manager at Chickfila restored my faith in humanity so I will be a customer for life.
We go to Chickfila for 3 reasons:
1) The marketing geniuses there have somehow convinced the world that it is "healthier" than regular fast food - which is false of course, but whatever.
2) There is an autism proof indoor playground that seems to only house a few infectious diseases and it is open rain or shine.
Now, I don't know if her name is Wanda, but she looks like one. I've never gotten a close look at her nametag. But she is the manager at the Chickfila close to our house and she has definitely earned her wings.
Rockstar used to be the kind of kid you'd never know had autism unless you talked to him. He was pretty discreet about his stimming and looked inconspicuous. Now, with all the handflapping, door opening, laughing when nothing is funny, and jumping around - you can pretty much pick him out of a crowd. Of hundreds. It helps that he's cute........:)
Since we are frequent customers, "Wanda" has definitely seen him act a fool enough times to know something is up. #1 dad takes him in there for breakfast frequently - he runs around like a banshee - Wanda acts like nothing is happening. Whenever we go through the drive thru Wanda talks to Rock, even though he doesn't talk back. She remembers his name, gives him a high five, smiles at him - treats him like there is nothing wrong. Sometimes we get ice cream that we didn't order. She'll give me a conspiratory wink every now and then, letting me know she knows.......and it's cool if he wants to run behind the counter and touch the door.
When I got home last night, there were a stack of Chickfila gift cards on the table. #1 Dad said they were from "Wanda" and there were strict orders to bring Rockstar in anytime.
Well I'll be danged. Eat more Chickin? No prob. No marketing campaign needed - just more people like Wanda.
Or whatever her name is............