How awesome is that! I never thought these moments would come!
When Nathan got his autism diagnosis, I used to watch him from a distance in the park, checking if he would realise that I was no longer close to him. But I was the one who realised that I could be watching him for hours and hours and he would be so oblivious and never even know that he was missing.
Today at the playground, when it was time to go home, Nathan started to swinging really hard and giggling as if teasing me that I wouldn’t be able to pull him away from the swing. His laughter makes me happy so I allowed him to stay longer, even after my count down…and stay longer…and longer…and longer…
I finally said my last invitation and told him that I would walk off and that I expect him to follow me. Guess what, he didn’t follow 😜. But as I walked away, he kept looking at me. When I turned to glance at him, he would swing hard, laugh and tease me again <happy sigh>. I shouted, “Nathan follow me!” He continued swinging and teasing me with a giggle. I walked further towards the exit of the playground. “Mama!” He shouted as he pointed to me. “Mama, walk please.” That means walk back towards him…when I did he would swing more and tease me 😆.
I walked towards the exit. He kept looking. I walked far enough so that I can see him but he couldn’t see me (Stuff parents of toddlers do to check if the kids are paying attention or to check what the kids would do if they got lost). Nathan kept calling “Mama” louder and louder. Have you ever seen a child with autism persistently calling out for what he wanted? That’s the sound of heaven to parents of children with autism!
Finally Nathan got up from the swing and started to walk towards the exit, still calling out “Mama”. As soon as he spotted me hiding, he did a U-turned, giggled and started walking back ready to swing again😆. But I grabbed him by the hand and he willingly walked home with me.
Throughout that whole period, Nathan as teasing me, calling me and keeping a look out for me. No longer oblivious in the playground! How awesome is that?
We have been blessed by God’s healing hand!
I was too mesmerised by the moment to capture a photo. But here he is at the playground.