Am I cynical? It may be a rhetorical question - but if you think I am by reading this blog... please let me know. I know I am sometimes, I am a very analytical person, I like to study - I like to understand things, people, trees, motherhood.
Today Miss G was at a birthday party with her classmates - a whole class party at a swimming pool. Master S and Master J were happily having a swim and I was sitting at a bench, supervising my children. I was sitting next to another adult. I noticed a young teen-age boy walking laps around the building in his bathers (bathing suit, togs, speedo's, swim-suit; you get the gist). He was quite tall - perhaps 14 or 15 years old. Happily walking in circles around the building by himself, sometimes on his tip-toes (I noted the remnants of blue nail-polish). He was chewing his fingernails as he continued to circle the building at a steady, what looked like relaxed pace.
Then the person sitting next to me stated "He looks odd doesn't he?". What I thought? How rude to say that. I responded as I felt the authority to do so as a parent of two children with an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). "I would say he is on the Autism Spectrum". "Mmmmm", the person responded.
I don't know about you, but this really ticks me off. Why are people so ignorant and rude? How can a person feel validated saying this. Or should I have responded "You look like a rude objectional wog". Oh my. I think I am pretty tolerant - but it seems I am not when it comes to people not having compassion on fellow man, on a fellow human stating some type of dislike to an innocent person who has no part of their life.
Just wanted to vent. It ticked me off. My kids are a bit odd. So am I. So is my husband. Are you? Clearly the person sitting next to me is not. Mr DCT concedes that perhaps the person was stating the obvious (as he, an Asperger male would - but even Mr DCT would not say that).
Okay, the debate continues......
Much Love Rach xx