It is dinner time.
Little C: "Dad. What do you love?"
Little C: "What do you love?"
Dad: "What do I love?"
Little C: "No."
Dad, catching on to the script now: "Oh. What do you love, [Little C]?"
Little C, promptly: "Peanut butter and banana." *
And that, ladies and gentleman, is how an autistic kid goes from non-verbal to manipulative in just two short years.
*Side note: Peanut butter and banana sandwiches are one of the only foods my kid will consistently eat. He loves them like an addict loves crack, and they're pretty much all that sustains him on the nights when he is not refusing to eat a single crumb of whatever we've cooked.