Jake and I took a trip to Bangor on Saturday; just the two of us. He had a dentist appointment. More on that in the next post. We went out to lunch afterwards, and grabbed some things at WalMart on the way home. Simple trip. Jake loves to drive the cart, but it was crowded on Saturday and he opted to sit inside the cart. He had his headphones, my iPad, and he snuggled into the cart and was ready to go.
I snapped a pic of my hulking 12 year old scrunched up into the cart, and posted it to an Autism Parents Support Group on Facebook.
Here’s what I wrote: This is what a WalMart run looks like for us: a 12 year old sitting IN the cart, headphones on, iPad clutched like a safety blanket! Anyone else have this experience? #autismliveshere
As of this writing, it’s been “liked” by 925 people, with 170 comments.
That’s in 30 hours.
I had no idea that this was as universal as it is. People will do whatever it takes to keep their kids comfortable and safe, and to hell with public opinion. Isn’t that what being a parent is all about? I’m so glad there seems to be a generation of us out there who are bucking general consensus/expectations in the name of our special needs children.
So my question is this: Is there anything you’ve done as a parent (or still do) that garners stares from strangers, but that YOU know is best for your kid? I’d love to hear about it in the comments section below.