Today something very interesting happened as we were walking home from school.
Our children attend schools which are next door to each other and when My Little Angel goes to high school she will simply walk across the oval to her new school. All three schools are on the same site.
We walk to and from school. We cross the high school oval and then across the primary school oval to access the primary school and special school. Because we cross the high school oval we often see the high school students playing sport. Their school starts first so the first classes are often on the oval in the morning and in the afternoon there is often sport being played after school.
We walk across the oval being sure to hug the side and avoid being hit by footballs, baseballs, golf balls, frisbees, javelins and large groups of teenagers. Cameron is usually more interested in pushing his sister or squeezing the hand of whoever is holding his to pay any real attention to the teenagers around him.
Occasionally when Cameron's behaviour is not age appropriate I will point out the teenagers around him and point out that they are not grunting or growling. I don't think he absorbs what I mean. He doesn't seem to notice what's going on around him.
This afternoon as we walked home there were quite a lot of teenage boys hanging around the edge of the oval, a sausage sizzle was being set up so obviously something was happening. Cameron walked past hanging onto me as he does and then suddenly he pulled me towards the gym and all the boys. I didn't think anything of it and just pulled him back onto course.
We took a few more steps and then Cameron became adamant that he wanted to go and join the other teenage boys. It took a lot of effort to stop him and I thought I'd nearly lost him several times. As I dragged him away I sensed his confusion and frustration and then I felt sad.
Cameron spends most of his life around adults and he likes hanging out with adults. At dancing he pays no attention to the children, just the adults. We have several friends with teenage children and I have noticed over the last few months that Cameron has wanted to watch the boys playing computer games and he will wander into a room to see what they are doing.
Today it was obvious that Cameron recognized that all those boys were his peers and he wanted to go and see what they were doing, he wanted to be with them. As we walked away I had to compose myself because I was feeling sad that I couldn't let him go and introduce himself or join in.
I guess we are entering a new phase in our lives as Cameron matures and recognizes who his peers are and that he is different to them.