The next year was better but not great. He now said "Thank you! It's okay that this is chocolate. I don't like chocolate but I am not disappointed."
This year was his best ever. Not only did he thank everyone without a hint that he didn't like chocolate he went out of his way to say something positive. At one hauntingly decorated home, Mikias shook the hand of the woman of the house saying "Well, look at you! You really outdid yourself this year! Great job!"
We never really know what Mikias might say, but we know it will be positive and kind. Jemberu on the other hand, is less predictable. Sometime when he is standing next to a girl he will say "I don't like GIRLS!" or to a bald man, "You have NO hair!". It took a lot of strong conversations from us, but Jem's comment making has improved. We can almost go out in public with the boys with out the fear of them embarrassing us while offending strangers.
Last month, we were at a local restaurant (the only restaurant in our small town) celebrating Jem's 3rd "Gotcha Day". We saw our pool guy, 'Dan the Pool Man' and his wife, whom my kids call, 'Mrs. Dan the Pool Man'. Jem got went over to their table to say a quick hello. As he walked back to our table. Dan's wife said "Bye Jemby!". Jemby turned back to her, and responded by putting his thumb and pinkie up to his ear (phone like) and mouthed out, "Call me".
As he returned to our table I said, "So, you want Mrs. Dan the Pool Man to call you?"
"Well, why did you tell her to call you?"
He rolled his eyes at me, as though I am the biggest fool, and said, "It's just an expression!"
Oh thank goodness, I was beginning to worry that going out with the boys was going to become dull.