Special Orders Create Mealtime Mayhem at Drive-thru Window

“Hey, how about a quick run to Wendy’s”

“Look, there’s no one at the drive-thru!”

Normally, that would be a good thing.  You’re hungry, you’re in a hurry and the drive-thru is empty.

Nothing to worry about right?

In a family of 6 kids, you learn to be more resilient even if you don’t want to. During Jonathan’s younger years he was not keen on the idea of being flexible himself. In fact, any little issue could set him off. God forbid you got his order wrong.

I used to take all 6 kids through the drive-thru by myself.

You should have seen  the look on the cashier’s face at Wendy’s when I ordered 7 burgers, 2 with pickles, 3 with ketchup, hold the mayo, 1 with extra tomatoes, no lettuce and 1 with extra pickles, lettuce and tomatoes, oh and yes, one with absolutely nothing on it except hamburger and cheese.

Of course, the order included French fries and drinks all around which included the typical list of the particulars.

It’s hard enough to place this type of an order through a crappy drive-thru microphone much less deal with all the conflicting commotion in the car. As I said, heaven forbid you’d get Jonathan’s order wrong lest you be the recipient of his signature blood curdling scream from the back of the van.

“What I don’t want NO mayonnaise!!!”

We taught Jonathan proper English but between his crying, yelling and double negative mix up, in the heat of the moment, he gave the impression of the stereotypical backwoods inhabitant.

Thankfully Wendy’s handled it well despite almost every item being a “special” order.

How have dealt with meal time with special needs children?

What do you do to keep peace when eating out?

What did you do and how did it work?

Share your story now, leave a comment below.

Your story is appreciated and, as always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Karen Simmons
Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of AutismToday.com


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