Sunday, October 3, 2010

Am I wrong??

Okay, so stress is a major part of my life. I should be used to it by now, but I am only human!

Today I was at Wal-Mart with my boy's. Alex has been a sensory mess for a couple of weeks now so I should have known better. But.....I desperately needed a few items so I loaded the kids up and went.

Things started going downhill almost immediately,
  1. A. didn't want to hold my hand, so he bolted in the parking lot.
  2. A. didn't want to ride in the cart, he wanted to walk, so I made him ride in the cart.
  3. A. wanted to wait on the bench outside of the restroom, I made him go in with me, so he waited until I was in the stall, OPENED the stall door, and bolted out of the bathroom, while I followed him as I hiked up my pants! What a lovely scene for everyone in the bathroom!
So is it any wonder that as we were leaving the bathroom with A. in the back of the cart, screaming to the top of his lungs and totally melting down, I noticed a couple of ladies staring.

Now this is not so unusual for us, we get this a lot. But, at this particular moment I was way past my breaking point and on the verge of a meltdown myself! I looked right at the two ladies, now usually if I make eye contact that is enough to make nosy people turn away, but no, these ladies were whispering, giving me evil looks and one of them even smirked at me! So I simply looked them right in their faces and said "what is your problem, haven't you ever seen a kid with autism in the store before?" And then I walked off, A. never let off of his screaming through this whole ordeal.

So did I do wrong? I just am so tired of being made to feel like I am a horrible mother because my child throws tantrums in Wal-Mart. SO WHAT! Get over it people!


Anonymous said...

I wish I could of seen their faces. I wouldn't worry about it. C. has threw many temper tantrums in stores before, and she's not autistic.

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dotcomkari said...

I have been there and done that many times. My son actually even took off his clothes one time when I turned my back for a second ... It is things that we parents of special needs children have to live with on a daily basis that the world truly will never understand.
It makes me angry that some people just sit there whisper and stare.. without knowing WHY...