• Mombat

Today Broke My Heart


Today broke my heart.


I took Little Dude to an outdoors kids group to make new friends and experience a nature walk.


Instead, we were shunned. Including one little girl yelling "YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND!" as my non-verbal, tentative walker toddled in her direction. Her mother did absolutely nothing.


Then another child came up and essentially taunted us with a song about how he was as slow as a snail and that she was better than us because she's fast like a cheetah.


Once again, zero parenting.


I know that my kid is different.


I know that he is really tall so he seems older than he is. I know that his delays make this all the more confusing.


I also know that I would never, ever treat another parent the way I was treated today. I know I'd never allow my son to treat someone the way he was treated.


I could not have felt more isolated in my own community today. I turned my back to them and wept.





Luckily, I have a resilient little man who, after the whole group left us, spent his time doing the things he loves. Sorting rocks, playing in water, getting dirty, and holding my hand.






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