|Tempting things to touch|
Ben did a high speed depth first search through the entire mall. Seriously...he went into almost every store (and the fountains). When he got to the bonsai store, he took a pause like a skier at the top of a breathtakingly beautiful run. There were pots with water, containers with pebbles, things with wheels and handles, and beautiful miniature trees.
Moment over, he plunged into the store. I told the proprietor apologetically, "He needs to touch everything."
The gentleman thought for a second and said, "He has learning problem?"
"Yes, he has autism," I said.
He replied, "My son too."
We looked at each other for a few heartbeats, not knowing what to say, but knowing that we probably had a lot in common. Ben zoomed out of the store, and I followed, throwing a "have a nice day" over my shoulder.
We have encounters like this surprisingly often. I just thought I'd share this one with y'all.