I was doing some visiting teaching when suddenly the women turned on me. "Does your son have Autism?" Totally out of the blue. They leaned in like a pack of wild dogs coming in for the kill. I was totally blown away. I have never had anyone come out and ask if there was something wrong before. All I can figure is that last time I had told them what age he is and they got together and discussed why he is the way he is and autism is what they came up with. They are also not very learned in this sort of area because although my son is certainly different from other kids, he doesn't display the signs of autism.
Then there was at the store the other day, JT was flirting shamelessly with the sales lady, wobbling around like a drunkard and giving her a drooling smile. She of course was completely taken and asked if he was "a new walker". Well, I suppose that most people don't consider 5 months walking a "new walker". I stammered out a "Uh, not really, he is just very unbalanced..." I suppose I should have told her the same as I told the old women. Why didn't I? Maybe I see the situation turning. Some time in the too near future everyone will know I am in Holland, not Italy. Maybe I enjoy pretending with strangers.
You know, I think I am okay with all of this still. I wouldn't have been before but I am getting there. I wasn't even hurt with the old ladies, just stunned. We'll make it.