I’m going to call her Mara Jade. If you know the Star Wars Expanded Universe, you know her. She was first introduced in Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn Trilogy. She was the Emperor’s Hand; his personal executor of justice. She vows to kill Luke to avenge Palpatine. Luke does what he does best, brings her back to the Light side of the Force.
Mara entered the world on July 27th in the wee hours of the morning. We took Obi-Wan to the hospital at the start of visiting hours to meet his little sister and I wish I could have captured the smile on his face. It was big and bright. Like Tatooine’s suns.
On the way back home, I asked him what he wanted for lunch thinking I was going to get PB&J for an answer. What I got was something like this:
Obi-Wan: Weeeeell, if you’re going to go through a drive-through…
Me: *snickering before I look back* Does that mean you want us to go through a drive-through?
Obi-Wan: Weeeeell, we could go somewhere.
He’s seven and smart as a whip. He knows how to phrase things to lead you to what he wants without really saying it. Unless it’s what I heard every night after dinner that night and every night after until we left, “I need my after dinner treat.” Translation: Give me ice cream, Auntie! These are the moments that almost make me forget he has Autism.
Mom said she could go for a sandwich and she would treat. The sandwich places I knew of off the top of my head in the area are not gluten-free friendly. But In ‘N Out is! Bonus: there is one a few minutes away from the house. Not so much bonus: it seems to be packed ALL THE TIME now. The last time we were there we could order and eat there without worry about finding a table. Each time we went this time we had to go in to order it to-go or go through the drive-through.
My favorite: cheeseburger animal and protein style with fries. The trick when you are with people who eat gluten, ask for yours to be bagged separate. We didn’t do it the first time and Mom wound up holding mine for me. I had gluten on my hands from wiping doughnut crumbs and holding Obi-Wan’s hand after he ate said doughnut in the hospital room (Mommy wanted a doughnut when we visited and Obi-Wan wanted to have a doughnut with Mommy).
Other than a great burger, In ‘N Out is one of the places where I can have the fries, too. And we all know fries are more fun with a burger than any other side.