With the warm weather upon us and those out enjoying ice cream cones it reminds me of a family outing that turned to laughter! Oh, those simple things we say, and mean something else!
I think the most adorable thing of this laugher is the conversation of a very young child at another table. She was talking about how she’d rather eat asparagus then ice cream. That is definitely an unusual but healthy attitude. I never heard such a young child (approximately 8 years old) preferring asparagus over ice cream, especially since that is something many acquire that taste in the adult years. How precious the words of this young child! Maybe I was too distracted by this conversation that I couldn’t think otherwise.
As many people with TBI know, you often can’t filter out other distractions. I have no filters, so I take in every conversation and anything going on around me. No wonder why brain injury survivors get so exhausted. I’ve tried ear plugs and so many other modalities to no avail. I’m sure many others can identify with this distraction.
So have you had your ice cream this summer yet? Have you ever heard of Baskin-Robbins Ice Cream? Yum! It’s simply delicious, but a rare treat is all I can afford for my health sake. While visiting with my son we decided to go out for a treat and get a sundae. In recent years Dunkin-Donuts and Baskin-Robbins have merged in stores but they are still two separate entities.
I asked: “Are we going to Dunkin-Robbins?”I didn’t realize what I said until it was repeated back to me. Oh my, this created not only laughter but a discussion. My son is the creative and the analytical type. He felt it was a much catchier phrase and the company should take his suggestion to heart.
We have since referred to our favorite ice cream place as “Dunkin-Robbins!” So sometimes things we say…others do and can enjoy the miscommunication over-and-over again. Everyone with brain injury has stories like this, but the one’s that are most amused by these things are those closest to the survivors or those dealing with this difficulties on a daily basis.