Awareness is Half the Battle

Our friends arrived for their ski vacation and the first thing we did was go to some hot springs in our area.  It’s a really neat experience and a lot of fun to do when the snow is still thick on the ground.  There is a hot pool, a warm pool and a cold pool all right next to each other with stairs going from one to the other.  We joke that G is part polar bear because he is bothered when it gets too hot but never notices cold, so naturally he wanted to play in the cold pool.  Since the max depth hit him mid-chest, we compromised.  He went into the cold pool on his own after promising to remember his rules for behaving, and I sat on the stairs in the warm pool where I could watch him like a hawk.

He joined in a game of ‘shark’ that was going with some other kids, but did it in a typically awkward fashion.  He did well for about 10 minutes but when it was his turn to be the attacking shark, he hung on the shoulders of the kids.  The kids got bothered and the game quickly dispersed.  So I called G over and reminded him that when he touches people he doesn’t know, that is considered socially unacceptable and makes the people he’s touching very uncomfortable.  We went over the rules for asking to play, how to play properly, etc.  He went back into the cold pool to try again and found two girls to play with.

He did well for a little while, playing another variation of tag, but then I noticed the body language of the girls’ was broadcasting discomfort.  So I got G’s attention again and waved for him to come over.  G didn’t want to leave his game.  So he cupped his hands around his mouth and hollered, “I KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING TO SAY!  I TOUCHED THE GIRLS AND MADE THEM UNCOMFORTABLE!”

I froze in mortification.  My eyes darted from side to side, trying to gauge who may have heard, trying to tell if the girls’ irate parents were about to come charging over to protect their daughters.  My visiting girlfriend dissolved into hysterical laughter.  My husband simply shrugged his shoulders and said, “Well, they say awareness is half the battle.”

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 3:11 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Our kiddos are always doing things that can be embarrassing. You can only “grin and bear it”. It actually does good for the general public to be exposed to all kinds of kids. Yes, his touch may have caused them to be uncomfortable, but what a great way to put it!!!
    Lindsey Petersen

  2. LOL, love This & Understand your feelings all at the same time!

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