Middly: Hey Mommy? Is da new job going good?
MFA Mama: The new job is going very well. I really like it there.
Middly: Dat's good. Are dey paying you lots of money?
MFA Mama: I'm pretty happy with the money I am making there, yes.
Middly: If we can't 'ford it I understand, but I haff a question for you.
MFA Mama: What's up?
Middly: If it's not too isspensive, dere's a book I would really like to get, it's number two in a series an I REALLY liked number one. Da liberry has number free but I can't bring myself to read it wivout reading number TWO first and dey don't have dat and it's making me sad.
TAKE THAT, AUTISM AND DYSPRAXIA! Empathy! Reading for fun! Articulation of feelings!
Needless to say, I ignored the budget and ordered the book for him. The other two children ask me for things almost daily, usually video-game or food related, and with total disregard for what else is going on in our lives. Middly rarely asks me for anything, and was so polite and thoughtful about it that there was no way I was saying no to his book.
I think I will keep him.