Lyric attends a YMCA camp during the summer, it is a decent place and he has fun every year.
When I picked Lyric up from camp today I found myself fighting a breakdown as I watched a boy,about 7 years old, who had a potty accident, being relentlessly teased by two other boys around his age. His dejected,dirt streaked face broke my heart and just as I was walking up to the boy a camp counselor intervened. So I went on my way as the counselor was admonishing the other boys for teasing the other. But as I went on my way, I found myself struggling to take each step. I felt like I could just have collapsed right there. I was so sad for that little boy, and for my little boy who may face a similar fate at some point in his life. The hurt the boy felt while being teased was palpable and I just wanted to hug him.
I doubt that the boy had special needs, but who knows? Maybe he did. All I know is that when I got home and reflected on it, that I cried hard for some time.
I brought it up to Rickey, and he said teasing is just a part of life and that it is fine.
But to me it isn’t “fine”.
Especially with our kids, our kids who have a hard time communicating, never mind defending themselves.
All I can think is, what if that were MY baby and it produces such a gut wrenching horrible feeling.
Now if you all will excuse me I am off to get the best hug/ear grab ever, that always seems to make things right, even if just for a moment.