On weekday mornings, after Cody eats breakfast and has a bath, he plops down in the recliner, listens to the morning news on television and waits for a ride to his day program.
This morning, as I was cleaning the kitchen, I heard Cody repeating, "Dumb something....(pause)....Dumb something....(pause)....Dumb something."
Undoubtedly he was trying to get my attention, so I decided to stop and ask Cody why he was using the word dumb over and over and over. This his how our conversation went...
"Dumb what?" I asked.
"On TV." Cody replied.
"What about it?" I coaxed.
Cody, in his typical autistic manner, responded with clues rather than a complete sentence... "On TV. That person."
"What person? What are you talking about? I don't understand." I continued.
Cody hinted, "WELL, you and dad call people that when you're frustrated."
At that moment a little light went off in my head and I guessed, "Dumb shit? Are you calling someone on TV a dumb shit?"
Cody smiled, then he readily admitted, "YES!"
And now you know that my husband and I are the kind of people who talk to the TV screen while watching reality television, game shows and news programs. :)