I know I’ve shared lately how frustrated I’ve been with my boy – mostly with myself, really. It’s hard to maintain that balance between wanting him to behave like a normal boy so he can fit in, and wanting to show the world how special and beautiful he is, exactly as he is.
Recently, he and I got some alone time, and we had to stop by the market to pick up a few things. When he saw the almost Pablo-sized shopping carts, he asked if he could push all by himself. Usually, this would seem like a recipe for disaster – small rambunctious boy, aisles of glass jars, stacks of neatly arranged produce – yikes! But the store wasn’t busy, so I decided to go for it.
He LOVED IT.
He carefully navigated the aisles, and didn’t crash into anything or anyone! He picked out and bagged all our produce, and he put everything on the belt when it was time to pay.
When we were finished, he pushed the cart out to the car and loaded up all our groceries by himself! Wow! Maybe the answer to shopping successfully with an autistic child is to put them in charge. Maybe. Or maybe it was just a stroke of good luck. I guess time will tell. For now, I was super pleased to have had such a pleasant outing with Pablo – oftentimes, our errand running is a big fat drag!