Hello friends! It’s time for another installment of No Filter Friday. This is the time that I love to share things that the girls have said or done that have left us red-faced, laughing, and sometimes speechless. One of my favorite parts of Skylar’s autism has been the total lack of “filter” that she possesses. In many ways it is refreshing how brutally honest she is, but it can be embarrassing. If you are new to my blog or missed previous posts, you can click here for a complete list of No Filter Friday stories.
I’m going back in time, to when Skylar was in kindergarten, for today’s No Filter Friday story. We were stationed in Dayton, Ohio and Chris had to take a class for work that was going to require him to travel. The class was being offered in several different locations and he chose Phoenix so that the girls and I could go with him and visit my sister and her family while he was in class.
The last time Skylar had flown she was 3 1/2 and non-verbal. Now, at the age of 6, she had been on the GFCF diet for almost 2 years and during that time we had seen an explosion in her language. Like most parents that fly with young children we tried to keep the girls occupied on the plane as not to disturb other passengers. She didn’t talk a whole lot during the flight and seemed to be more interested in playing with the “bag of goodies” that I had packed to keep her entertained.
Shortly before landing the captain came over the speaker to announce that we would be making our initial descent into the Phoenix area. Skylar has always been pretty straightforward in saying exactly what she is thinking. She is very literal and if you tell her something she takes it exactly as you say it. As we started to feel the plane descending, Chris leaned over and quietly said to her “Look out the window Skylar, we are starting to go down.” In a louder voice than I had heard her use in a long time she yelled:
“OH NO! WE ARE GOING DOWN! WE ARE GOING DOWN!”
I blurted out a laugh and quickly said “Skylar, we are landing. We are not going down. We are landing!” She then changed her wording and started saying, “We are landing! We are landing!” The people around us were totally snickering. The guy behind us said with a laugh “Good thing we aren’t going down! I was worried!”
I believe this was when we first realized how careful we needed to be with how we worded things to Skylar. It gave us a laugh and I’m pretty sure it got quite a few pulses racing on the plane!
Hope you all have a nice weekend! Make it great!
*If you missed it, yesterday I posted the story of Skylar’s regression into autism in pictures. You can read that story here.*