On Monday that kids and I went to the shopping mall. The particular mall that we went to has a playground for kids to play on. I let the kids play for a little while (this usually helps Caroline to behave, knowing that she will be able to play).
The playground was packed, as usual. Will wanted to play too, so I let him out of his stroller and he went to town. He is not so sure of the play equipment and sometimes finds it hard to maneuver so I usually walk behind him and offer him a hand when he needs it (going up and down the stairs, etc).
Within two minutes of being there this little boy came up to Will and started looking at him. I would say his was about 2 years old. The little boy started touching Will's head and face and would not leave him alone. Will was bothered by this boy and would try to get away from him. I told the little boy that I didn't think that Will wanted him to touch him anymore, but he kept doing it! Will was getting angry with this kid and kept trying to duck away from his touching. I continually told him to stop and he wouldn't. His mother (who never got up from her seat) just kept yelling for him to stop touching Will's head and to leave him alone. Yeah, he never listened.
So we ended up leaving the playground after only about 15 minutes. Caroline was not happy but went along with it. Will still wasn't done playing either but was ready to get away from that kid.
My heart broke for my guy and fear started to set in. All he wanted to do was tell this kid to leave him alone and stop touching him but he couldn't. He can't tell someone that he doesn't want to play or doesn't want to be hugged or doesn't want to be touched. He can't call out "Momma!!" if he gets separated from me and feels scared. What would Will have done if I wasn't there?
I fear Will going to school for this very reason. I don't want him to be pushed around because he can't say STOP! I know that the teacher will be there but I am sure that she will not be able to see everything all the time.
Will starts preschool in August, so there is time. There is time for his vocabulary to develop and time for him to mature. But he is not going to be at the same developmental state as his peers. Let's just say...I am not looking forward to it.