I had Pooh out in the community over the weekend. We did our usual, finding things at the store, pumping gas, even did a medication pick up.
We took a break and headed for a thrift store. He likes to look for toys and other treasures. A women stopped me and remarked how well behaved he was, when she took a closer look at him she said, “Oh he is adorable.”
He knows those words so well. It caused him to flap and grin from ear to ear. She stated her daughter has Asperger’s. Her daughter walked up and Mom seemed so proud. I said, “hello”, and told her how beautiful she looked. She gave a weak smile and looked over at Pooh. In a quiet voice she said she recognized him.
Pooh didn’t hesitate to put on his charm. He threw open his arms and said, “Its time for some sugar loves” Her Mom looked puzzled but curious. I told her, “He’s asking for a hug. Before I could stop him, he came around the clothes rack to hug her. She seemed to tighten up at first, but returned the hug. The girl gave a beautiful smile with some laughter. I looked over at her mom, she seemed to be fighting back tears. She leaned over and admitted, “She never likes anyone to touch her.”
Its awesome when you get two parents together watching a milestone. We don’t have to say a lot, we just get it, and appreciate it and want to make it last as long as possible.
When we said our goodbyes, I looked at Pooh, he was still grinning from ear to ear in satisfaction he made someone smile. Right then I realized he could teach a lot of us by loving unconditionally. This world might be a better place.