This past Saturday we met up with a friend of Ace’s at an indoor trampoline place. Let’s call him Antonio.
First of all, my boys LOVE trampolining. Second of all, it was Antonio’s idea to go there. WIN!!!
I had seen this particular friend a bunch of times when I went to pick Ace up at school but I had never met his parents before.
I’m always a little nervous about meeting new parents. First of all, even though Ace is a total sweetheart and he loves everybody as though they are his family, he is a HIGH ENERGY, get all up in your space, kinda kid and second of all … Jay is … unpredictable.
Antonio’s mom arrived with her cousin who also has a little boy. The family could NOT have been nicer. As it turns out Antonio is also on the autism spectrum. It wasn’t obvious to me in the times I had seen him but that’s what his mom said. We easily struck up a conversation about Jay and his struggles vs strengths as well as those of Antonio.
The 4 boys were having a great time and us adults were having easy and fun conversations.
Then a group came in for a birthday party. This group ruined everything. First of all, they brought in pizza for their guests. Second of all, they did not bring pizza for Jay. This lead to a meltdown of semi-epic proportions. We had about 30 minutes left on our time so I tried really hard to keep him calm so the other boys could finish up their jumping session.
Antonio’s mom and cousin weren’t phased at all. Like, AT ALL. Not even a little bit. They asked if I wanted to leave. They would have been ok with that. I declined. They asked if there was anything they could do. I asked them to just keep their eyes on Ace while I sat on the floor and rocked with Jay.
The original plan was for us to go our separate ways at the end of the two jumping hours but as we were changing shoes to go, they suggested that we all go to Pizzeria Uno for a late lunch/early dinner. They knew Jay wanted pizza and they weren’t quite ready to ditch us yet. WIN!!!
As soon as Jay heard that we were going for pizza his mood changed and we all ended up having a REALLY NICE meal. Conversation flowed smoothly and the kids behaved as well as 4 boys between the ages of 4 and 9 can be expected to behave. They ate and laughed and talked and managed to only spill 1 drink.
Three hours after the play date was supposed to end, we said our goodbyes with promises to do it again soon. I hope they meant it. First of all because Ace really likes hanging out with Antonio and second of all because I really liked hanging out with Antonio’s mom and cousin.