Q3: Children’s Menu at the Café of Imaginary Dreams

Kid's Menu
Kid’s Menu

The Autistic Children’s Menu at the Cafe of Imaginary Dreams

It’s the nuggets.
Always the nuggets.
No sauce.
He hates sauce.

Can I substitute sauce
for waffles, he asks.
May I, says his mother.
Yes you can, says the waitress.

And he hates all the noise.
It’s always the noise.
Knives and forks and plates
and the chewing chewing.

May you turn off the noise, he asks.
Can you, says his mother.
No, says the waitress,
that’s not on the menu.


Written for the Café of Imaginary Dreams: The Children’s Menu. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #apoemaday on Twitter

16 responses to “Q3: Children’s Menu at the Café of Imaginary Dreams”

  1. This a wonderful mixture of empathetic and funny. I love the thread of conversation, grammar lesson and customer service.

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    1. It’s my grandson. ❤️

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        1. Yes he is, and his inability to self-edit makes for some interesting conversations. He’s 12, and I’m flooding him with emails to force his brain to tie-up words with thoughts. His replies are like deciphering a secret code. 😂😂 He lives in the USA, and they’re really not geared-up for high-functioning autistic kids in mainstream schools.

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          1. It must be so hard. I just spent several days with an autistic 6 year old. Brilliant at maths – the little I saw showed total comfort with the 7 times table and perfectly capable of handing out change in Monopoly or doubling or tripling the rent LOL. But because social skills and fine motor skills are behind, school is hard. And, like you say, blunt. And I’m afraid Australia doesn’t have a huge range of options either for such kids. It’s so hard on the kids and on their parents.

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            1. Ethan’s ability to tackle mechanical reasoning is impressive, but maths, and reading and writing, are a tortuous challenge.

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  2. I worked with autistic kids when I was bus driving. They can be difficult, but conversely if you invest time in them, they can be an absolute delight. He is lucky to have you for a granny!

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    1. I’m fortunate enough to also be his godmother, although he thinks that fairies are involved.

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      1. They are in a way! 💖

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  3. Old friend of ours has been posting bits about his kid on FB for several years—since his diagnosis. Developmental stages most kids pass through with no one noticing, V has reached with the help of psychologists, physical therapists, what was once a literal team of support-people. With all of that, two weeks before his ninth birthday we got the announcement that V had finally gotten the hang of personal pronouns. Cheers from around the world.

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    1. These steps are massive victories, particularly for parents. I remember when Ethan tried broccoli for the first time. Everyone cheered. And then he gagged, 😂 but we cheer anyway .


  4. This poet, whose entire adult career was spent working with a wide range of similar individuals of all ages — students from pre-school through graduation age [Special Educator] and then adults of all ages [Human Services Coordinator] — can certainly relate to this work. You nailed this one, Misky. Thanks

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    1. Thanks, Ron. 😁


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