It all started with me asking Brian to pick a pair of shoes from the Payless website. I didn't really expect him to care to point to any but he immediately pointed to a pair of Buzz Lightyear shoes. I said, "Oh, you want Buzz?" and he answered "Buzz Lightyear". Clear as day. I had expected him to repeat "Buzz" after me but I was amazed he added Buzz's last name to it.
Being so incredibly happy with his speech I immediately clicked on the link to buy him his dream shoes for school. Only to find they didn't go up to his size.
I was bummed. I called the closest Payless only for them to tell me they didn't have them in his size either. Feeling defeated I posted a "woe is me" type of status on facebook.
By the next day I found that two of my friends had been searching all across Maine and the internet looking for Buzz shoes for my little boy. One had put it as her own status asking all of her other friends to join in the search. Here, I had given up on the shoes yet others were looking all over the universe for them!
Some days it can seem like humanity is at a loss. Sometimes it seems no one looks out for anyone but themselves. Sometimes it seems like we've become a cold population with racism, sexism, and every other "ism" there is. Then things like this happen. It's actually one of the gifts that has come along with autism- I am always amazed at how people will come and help if I just ask (still working on that "asking for help" piece). I am really lucky to be surrounded by such a great support circle- in real life and online.
In the end I was actually the one that found a pair on Amazon, not the original pair he pointed to but they have Buzz Lightyear on them. Hopefully they make it here before school starts so he can arrive through the doors in style.