Even a trip to the store is an adventure 

” Never again” is what my wife said.  Referring to bringing 2 year old, Liam to the grocery store.  “He gives me so much anxiety that I’m literally clawing at my chest.”

“How could it be that bad?”  I asked knowing that when I take Liam anywhere he is usually hyper…but at least manageable.  

“Wait and see”

As we pulled in to Aldi’s, Liam immediately started to get  very excited.  Calling repeatedly for the “back pack”, which is essentially a  back pack with a leash.  

Think what you will about child leashes but they undoubtedly keep children with you in crowded areas and in Liam’s case it keeps him at arms length.  Because he will take off and he is fast.  

Got Liam’s all set up and then he shouted “Daddy, I see the trains. Ssss.ssss.sss”. As the trains wizzed by on the track behind the store.    The elongated “s”s at the end of words I learned is a form of “stimming”.  

“Self-stimulatory behavior, also known as stimming and self-stimulation, is the repetition of physical movements, sounds, or repetitive movement of objects common in individuals with developmental disabilities, but most prevalent in people with autism spectrum disorders.”

We get in the store and we are off.   We leave Patti to grab the groceries while  while we lap the store about 5 times.   Taking notice of the “fowers” and opening and shutting all the freezer doors in sequencal order.  

After about half and hour I was worn out.   And he was still going.   I see why this was so stressful for her.   Trying to hold the leash and push a cart and shop would be almost impossible. 

Look…he invited me to take a seat on the bench with him

He’s a good boy though….”look…my kitty”

Sparky is such a good sport

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Author: billshappinessproject

I was near the end of 2017 when I realized that my life was totally out of balance. I was 30 and I was working my life away. I did not have strong relationships with my wife, family, or friends. It was around this time that I came across THE HAPPINESS PROJECT by Gretchen Rubin. It was then that I decided to launch my own year long project towards personal happiness for the entire year of 2017.

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