Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Laughing to keep from crying

I had the most confusing experience with Marty today. We were at the park and Marty became fixated on a little girl driving a Power Wheel. I couldn’t figure out if he wanted to be her friend or beat her up. He keep talking about how he didn’t like the ‘car’ but he also kept starring at the little girl as she rode in the Power Wheel. I asked him if the noise from the car’s motor bothered him; he said yes, but insisted on following the little girl as she drove on the walking trail surrounding the playground. Marty was borderline stalking the little girl; he couldn’t concentrate on doing anything else. I asked him if he wanted to meet the little girl to, perhaps, “play” with her. He agreed, but wanted me to come along with him. As we were walking, hand in hand, I did not notice that Marty had his eyes closed until he walked head first into a wooden post. Screaming and crying, Marty demanded to go home. Guess who got blamed for the shinny bump on Marty’s forehead? The cute little girl [minding her own business] driving her Disney Princess Power Wheel. Marty began pointing and yelling that the little girl was stupid. I quickly picked Marty up and escorted him off of the playground. Befuddled and stressed, I still don’t understand what Marty’s intentions were: Did he like the little girl and want to be her friend or was the noise from the Power Wheel nerve wreaking. I guess this is what it will be like going forward. This was one of those experiences that left me thinking, “Man, my child really is different.” I had to laugh to keep from crying.

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