Yesterday, on the way home from the grocery store Beans did something I have never seen him do before. Something that I honestly was unsure he would ever do.
Dad got a small box of Whoppers to share with Beans. Dad was driving, so I handed the candy out to him, and Beans. I handed a few at a time to them each, until they were gone. Then, I gave Beans the box, because he loves to tap (stim) on empty boxes.
That's when it happened.
He still had a Whopper in his hand, and instead of just throwing it on the floor absentmindedly, to free his hands up for the box he handed it to Bubby. He, stepped outside his own mind, for that second, and surmised that even if he didn't want the candy, his brother might.
As he handed it to Bubby, he didn't take it. He began yelling.
Me: Take the candy:
Bubby: No, I don't like Whoppers.
Me: Tell him thank you.
Bubby: But, I don't want it.
Me: I don't care. You can still tell him thank you for sharing his candy.
Bubby: Thank you.
He's still trying to get away from it as it rolls around on his seat next to him.
Me: Pick it up, and quit it.
Bubby: No. They're disgusting, and I don't wanna touch it. Ahhhh.
Bubby has issues with touching things he thinks smell bad, so I picked it up for him. And, as imperfect the moment was, it was something I am unlikely to forget for some time. Beans has never even picked up something we drop, and handed it to us. He has so much trouble seeing others, and their needs. It was Beans first sharing act. It was wonderful, and a huge moment for our family. I am very proud of my Beans.