In this photo you see our granddaughter, a lovely pink butterfly. She's enthusiastic - to put it mildly - about filling that pink pumpkin with candy! This photo doesn't do justice to her cuteness, as can happen with candid shots, but I have a reason for using it so I'll put a better picture as a treat at the end.
Now look at Toby. We knew he was a little nervous and didn't dress him up because that would stress him out even more. We didn't expect such a big crowd. We didn't anticipate that we wouldn't be able to keep strangers from patting him as they walked past. When I sat down to edit our photos from the weekend and I saw this image I realized he was finding the whole experience more scary than we thought.
He was so good! Toby just followed close to Ted's legs and tolerated the noise, the chaos, the touches. Rest assured he got a lot of extra loving and treats at the end. Interestingly, just as our grandson (who is autistic and also had tolerated all of the above incredibly well) was done for the day, Toby seemed more agitated too. We adults found a quiet side street and walked back to our car.
Lesson learned. Next year Toby will skip the scary trick-or-treat on Main Street while our little goblins fill those pumpkins!
|Astronaut and Butterfly|
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