We’ve had Jack on a waitlist for a social skills group for a while now. It finally came through for us and his first day was this week. I’m particularly excited because the child of a Mysterious Local Austim Blogger (M-LAB from here on out)* is in the same group. M-LAB seems to have her shit together when it comes to therapists and what not. This isn’t the first time I’ve taken a therapy recommendation from her. Plus, her kid seems cool.
Jack was happy to be in the waiting room and happily went off with his group. I was very pleased until the end of the session when the other two kids came running out to give their parents giant hugs and there was no Jack to be seen.
See, Jack was delighted with the therapy room and had no interest in leaving. So I dragged him out and dropped him on the ground. I was standing over him with about a third of my attention on the therapist who was telling us about the session and two thirds of my attention on Jack, who was clearly planning a break for it.
He made his move, I reached down quickly to grab him, and instead of catching his arm with my hand as planned, I caught the side of his face with my fingernail.
Commence with the screaming and the crying and the guilt and the holding on to doorjambs with fingernails and the prying off of doorjambs and, you know, basically the whole scene.
He made me say “I’m sorry” one hundred times. And then he made me say, “I’m sorry for putting your skin on my body.”
He was pissed. Plus it looked like it really, really hurt. My kids don’t use band-aids very much, but Jack insisted on one after the great skin stealing of Two Thousand Ten. Of course, the band-aids I have in my car quite literally pre-date Quinn and feature The Wiggles on them. In fact, they are so old that they still have Greg Wiggle instead of the new guy who replaced him.
Here is Jack in the parking lot of the 7-11 where I took him to get an ice cream bar to bribe him into happiness and forgiveness.
It only kinda worked.
Team Stimey may be loud and buffoonish, but at least you don’t forget us immediately, right? How important are first impressions anyway?
* Thus unnamed because she doesn’t publicize where she lives on her blog.