Today after work I took the kids to downtown Roanoke to check out a band that was playing. They hold a free concert twice a month and people just sit on blankets or chairs and relax. The kids play around and dance on the lawn. It was really nice out and since we’ve been trying to expose Carter to different surroundings I decided to go. I’m usually not down to take Carter anywhere because I just don’t want to deal with the fallout. But, that’s just unfair to all of us.
As we approached the area where everyone was, Carter started to tense up a bit. He covered his ears to block out the music. I walked over slowly and tried to make him comfortable. It’s not about just tossing him in the fiery coals and letting him fend for himself. It’s about introducing him to a new or uncomfortable situation that isn’t his favorite and making him feel comfortable. It’s about showing him and letting him learn that it’s okay and that he can even enjoy himself.
It didn’t take him long to really start to have fun. He wasn’t out on the lawn running around with the other kids, but he was having fun. His own kind of fun.
He’s gettin’ down!
We went to eat at a little burger place and it wasn’t awful or frustrating! Carter was good even though he didn’t want to eat. He didn’t try to run around, he didn’t fuss, and he didn’t go crazy.
He really had a good time. We all had a good time. It was something so simple, but it was what we needed.