When I met with my client KatieLynn she told me all about her brilliant, engaging son Peyton who has modeled for Adidas, camped on the beaches of Hawaii and eaten an entire couch.
I owe my first-born a debt of gratitude, well, for many things really. But because of him I read the best-selling book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” in the 90’s. From this book I learned about a potential complication of pregnancy called pica. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s basically when your brain goes a little awry and you crave things to eat that aren’t edible. The list includes, but is in no way limited to:
- Laundry starch
- Vinyl gloves
- Pencil erasers
- Paint chips
- Light bulbs
- Cigarette butts
- Burnt matches
That’s just the usual suspects. With this particular disorder, the sky is the limit. It really is the limit because try taking a bite out of the sky…but I digress. So I was thankful for some semblance of familiarity to the disorder. It’s not limited to pregnancy, however. Medical professionals are fairly confounded as to why this happens. One common theory is that the body is craving trace minerals. Here’s the tricky part: The act, and the brain being the miraculous little machine that it is, reinforces the activation of the reward center and it causes the individual to crave the substance even more. Fortunately, it can be a transient thing, like in pregnancy or childhood.
Fortunately for KatieLynn her son no longer craves couch. But now, she needs a sofa. We would like to giver her one, but it’s a little out of our fulfillment budget.
I know, I just asked for money like, weeks ago and so many of you responded generously. I feel like the guy at the Federal Way Costco with the sign WILL WORK FOR DOG FOOD. But KatieLynn and Payton are very, very real and they really, really need this. Does anybody have an IKEA card lying around that they won’t ever use? Or maybe part of a tax return? You don’t have to buy the entire couch. A few bucks for a cushion here, a few for some seams there, and next thing you know our friends have something to sit on again.