Bringing Oliver out to places can be a lot of fun, especially places like the aquarium or toy store, but recently we've been getting lots of stares and uncomfortable/uncertain faces in our direction. I try my best to ignore it, but it's there, people can't seem to help it. They're probably just wondering what's wrong with him, but rather than ask, or even smile kindly at us, some people stare and stare like he's some kind of weirdo. It makes me so angry! I even saw a woman today turn to her friend, put her hand over her mouth, and whisper something. Hello! I can see you, you're 5 feet away!
Last week coming out of Kohls a woman stopped and laughed at Oliver.
I don't think she realized he wasn't able to walk on his own. At least that's the only justification I can think of. I really hope that's the case. Maybe she thought we were just pushing our toddler around like a king, in a wheelchair with head supports and a pillow underneath his legs? It was so bizarre. She was carrying a young baby of her own and she actually stopped walking, looked down at Oliver and up at us and started laughing! I wasn't sure whether to yell or cry, but before I could even think she was already out the door.
It ruined my day. That weird woman got to go home and cuddle her healthy little girl and I went home and cuddled my terminally ill son who she had laughed at.