Typical kids seem incredibly MEAN to me.
Sure, Erik's a pill to me and his father on a daily basis. However, he has quite obviously not yet developed the same assertiveness and aggressiveness that other children seem to have programmed in them for their survival. He doesn't know what it means to be competitive with his friends yet. He doesn't have a jealous bone in his body. His remarks about other children do not seem cruel like the ones I am hearing from other kids. This seems to have occurred overnight. Either I am incredibly deaf to what is coming from my son (a distinct possibility), or he just hasn't developed the sophistication required to sound like the others do. My money's on the latter.
It seems that lately I am shocked on a regular basis by what comes out of the mouths of typical children about Erik, especially now that his differences are becoming obvious to them. I don't believe all of these statements generated come from a mean spirit, but some of them seem to be taking on a distinctly nasty flavor. These things might not bother me at the time, but later I think about them and feel angry and sad for Erik. This probably stirs up memories of how difficult school was for me at times. I wonder what's to come in the future. A friend of mine reminded me that this is perfectly normal behavior from typical children.
I guess I wouldn't know.