This weekend we went to the mall to let Artie run around. He loves the playground at the mall, there’s things for him to climb and buttons that sound like howler monkeys (the playground is jungle themed). He was the only kid for about 10 minutes, and then a family with two kids joined us. The oldest was 4-5 and the youngest a few months younger than Artie.
The older kid was super excited to play and run around, but Artie was feeling pretty shy. So he just watched the older kid play, and the older kid tried to get Artie to chase him a couple times. It was pretty cute.
Then the mom told her son, “Give the little boy some space. That child is not used to having a big brother crowd him.”
A knife to my heart. She obviously didn’t know about Theo and meant no harm, but it hurt so much to hear. Yes, Artie is not used to having a big brother. But not for the reason she’s assuming. These reminders that Theo is invisible to 99% of the world just suck so much.