Today has been a day where I have made our eldest son very happy, but at the same time our youngest son ended up sobbing his heart out.
This is the first Sunday during this rugby season that I have watched our eldest son play. I only went for the last half hour, but it was all I could manage as our youngest son attached himself to the staircase so that we couldn’t go out. He may be little, but he is strong and very stubborn and if he doesn’t want to do something, he will dig his heels in. We had agreed this week that we would go for the last part of the session and our youngest son had seemed ok with this arrangement. Once it dawned on him today that we were really going, he started to cry and said he couldn’t cope with being around lots of people. Then he clung onto the staircase screaming. I ended up resorting to promising him a trip to Poundland after rugby for a treat and carried him to the car.
Our eldest son was looking out for me as I parked the car and had a huge smile on his face and gave me a hug. With his Dad being one of the coaches, I know our son would like us to be on the side of the pitch more often, as his Dad can't always watch him, if he's coaching the other team. It was wonderful to watch our son play the game he loves and I wish I could do it more often.
Rugby lasts two hours each Sunday and so we only saw a small portion of today’s play, but this was too much for our youngest son. He was wrapped up in lots of layers, but was crying from the cold and wanted me to pick him up a lot of the time as he doesn’t like standing on the mud. He wouldn’t let me venture near to any of the other parents, as he doesn’t like being around large groups of people. After half an hour, tears were streaming down his face and we made our way to the car and my promised trip to Poundland.
Although I wasn’t able to please both of them, it is important for our eldest son that I share his passion of rugby, even if it is only for short periods of time at the moment. He has already told me today how much it meant to him for me to watch him play. Our youngest son needs to get used to being around people, as this is something he will often face in life as he gets older and so by doing short trips like this, he will hopefully find it easier in time. It's not easy for either of our sons or our ASD daughter, as they all have their own individual needs, but by compromising as a family, we will hopefully manage to find a way to please all three of them.