A World of Our Own

Even though it is reported that one in 166 children today have some form of an Autism Spectrum Disorder, when we are out in public with Nick we are in a world of our own. To many outsiders, Nick can ALMOST blend in with normal two-year-old behavior. Although I do suspect that even outsiders can detect something "off"; many will not say anything and just smile.
Today we went to a birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese for Michael's friend Rachel. I often have to employ his brother Michael somewhat on these outings, out of necessity. Mostly it is to hold Nick's hand when either getting out of or into the car. Unlike most kids his age, Nick is oblivious to danger. I know most toddlers are, but we are talking about a kid who one day walked right into Carter Lake and walked himself under water. It was one of the worst moments in my life, and thankfully I was right there to pull him out immediately.