This is how my son and I take our walks.....he walks a few yards in front of me. I thought it was because he's just got longer legs and younger, a bit fitter than me but I've got quite a good stride on me when I'm walking so I could out walk him any day.
It's because he really doesn't want to make conversation sometimes. He chats to himself with his quotes from films and tv and is happy. He will stop now and again and point something out or tell me something which he feels I need to know but this is how we walk.
I love it.....to anyone else it may seem strange as if I'm not interacting with my own son but I know I am. I know that this is the way Autism is and it's ok. There are times when I like to be by myself too so I totally get this. You may say well why don't we just go out and walk by ourselves, why bother going out together. I know that although we are not physically walking side by side, we are together. It's an understanding about personal space, and social interaction.
You see everyone else may go out, walk together and talk together but sometimes it's ok to go out and not talk to each other or not interact with each other. I feel together, I love him being there and I would never go without him unless he told me he didn't fancy a walk.
This is Autism! This is how life is and I love our life. yes it's bloody hard sometimes and there are days I don't like Autism but I love this boy. This boy has become a man with Autism and is soon to become an adult with Autism and we will still walk and I may still be a few steps behind but he will always be there.......leading the way.......OUR WAY.
Thanks for reading today.......please come back tomorrow for Pass the Remote but for now........
Every Saturday I will be talking about Autism and will review any useful information which may have been highlighted at any support groups in the week.