This morning I took Tommy to the park. Much like yesterday’s swimming outing, it’s something I haven’t done too much of recently... You see there’s a sand pit in the middle of the play area, that Tommy is drawn to like bees to honey. Every time we’ve been it’s as of he does his best to empty it by hopping around inside and flicking the sand in any and every direction possible.
There’s no consideration of anyone else who might be nearby, and any attempts to divert him elsewhere only stood him temporarily, and he runs back in there the first opportunity he gets.
But, needing to get him out to burn some energy before it got too hot, I decided to give it a try anyway.
As predicted, he ran straight for the sand pit and began to happily stim, flicking sand everywhere. Luckily there was only one other little girl there who kept her distance 😂
But then, all of a sudden Tommy lifted his head up and raced off to the slide. He climbed straight up it, slid down, and raced back to the sand pit. He did this 3-4 times, before he just left the sand pit alone completely!
He climbed all over the slide and climbing frame, went on the swings, the roundabout, and even the rocking horse.
The he looked at me, gestured for me to follow, and went out of the gate and running across the field. There was a football pitch next to us, and he ran around on there, making sure I was chasing him.
But he didn’t stop, and kept going as far as he could, until we came across some outdoor exercise equipment!
I’d never been that far into the park, and had no idea it was there, but Tommy must have spotted it and headed straight for it 😂
And there we stayed for about 45 minutes whilst he climbed, swung, jumped, rocked, and spun around, exploring each and every machine.
We probably had the most fun, relaxed park experience I’ve had with Tommy in about 5 years! Usually I’d spend my whole time chasing him, redirecting him, stopping him from doing something he shouldn’t. Today we just played and had fun.
Such a simple thing that most would take for granted, but for some it really is the best feeling in the world ❤️ *ps, Tommy still managed to swipe the little girl’s fruit shoot 😂
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