This week’s story comes from Aaron’s youngest sibling, his sister, Mary Kate! These two have the most special tradition and I am thrilled that she was open to sharing about it here on The Heart Ability! ENJOY!
In many households the word kidnapped is frightening. In the Trofholz house it’s a word that brings excitement and joy. I’m not sure who came up with the phrase, “Aaron’s getting kidnapped” but it stuck. Whenever Aaron is coming to have a sleepover with one of his siblings we say that we’re going to kidnap him from Mom and Dads house.
Sleepovers are always fun, but for Aaron a sleepover is more than fun. Since Aaron doesn’t drive, I think the thought of him being able to leave home for a night is just beyond words for him.
I try to kidnap Aaron as much as I can. He always looks forward to coming to my apartment, as he counts down for the next kidnapping. Aaron and I pick a day then I drive up to my parents to take him. He always has his little grey “pack pack” packed and ready to go. His packing consists of 20 DVDs (although we only watch two- Ted and I,Tonya), cool patches, heating pad, and Coca Cola.
When I pull in to our driveway I see Aaron standing in the front window waiting to come out to my car. The moment he gets in my car he puts in either his Queen CD or Home Alone Soundtrack. We listen to the songs over and over during the drive back to the city. Sometimes the drive takes a hour and a half. So yes, that means we listen to Good Old Fashion Lover boy 5+ times!! We never seem to listen to the music at a normal volume. It’s always full blast and we sing our little hearts out and dance the whole way home.
Once Aaron is at my apartment he barges right through the door and makes himself at home. So much so that he calls my room “our room”. This brings so much joy to my heart because he feels so comfortable. Like clockwork, Aaron places all his DVDs on my coffee table and then plops down on the couch.
No matter how much fun we have, Aaron always asks, “When are you kidnapping me again?!” We always have to plan our next date before he leaves so he has something to look forward to.
When I drive Aaron back home I always get emotional saying goodbye to him. Although I’m only 25 miles away from him I ALWAYS miss him. These “kidnappings” really prove to me that it’s the little things in life. Allowing Aaron to “get away” from Mom and Dad for one night makes him feel empowered and independent.
– – Mary Kate Trofholz
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