went on our usual walk the dog and play on the beach this evening. DS was charging around in happy release due to being housebound with days of bad weather.
Because its our busy time there were still a few kiddies on the beach so I was warily watching as we tend to avoid to many ppl ....A little boy came up and asked if he could touch my dog. He was either deaf or partially deaf and his speach indicated as much or it may be that he had speach delay. The dog loves kids and it was great to watch them chasing around.
DS was splashing about in the water and come back and actually said hello thats my dog! The boy said he is a nice dog and that was the end of their convo and DS walked off. However he came back from the water angry as two kids had called him stupid. He was well stressed and was about to march back and obviously do something. The little boy looked at me and went up to DS and put his arm on his shoulder and said "we dont retaliate" in a soft voice.
I was gobsmacked for one thing DS just said "ok" another he let the child touch him when he was angry and then DS just turned round and said "I think its time to go now"
Its as if that boy and DS knew they had SN in common like an unspoken understanding and I am gutted that he is only on holiday because that is the first time DS has actually responded to another child without biting their head off for suggesting something. It was a lovely experience
I cried too after I wrote this as DCs are long gone bed now.
I had to share it. The child was lovely he was hovering around about 4 ft away and clearly wanted to touch the dog but wasnt sure of asking. Once I said hello we had a wonderful convo about his cats at home etc He had a sister close to his age (I am sure he ws about 6 or 7 I think) who was doing a lot of the talking at first and it was funny to see him frown at her and sort of nudge her out the way as if to say "I have a mouth too you know!"
On the beach I was dumbfounded that DS listened to the lad on the way home once leaving the beach he was back to his jumping flaping eye rolling self.
It was brief this interaction and kind of emotional feeling to it. It wasnt half lovely
sign I would have done if I could work out who they were He was on the beach with his sister and there were a lot of ppl looking over the railings chatting, they were presumably having a nice drink outside the pub or coffee while the kids played. I will keep an eye out for them today x